A thousand reports on damage to nature coming in each month2017-04-14
In the first quarter of 2017, the State Environmental Protection Authority (SEPA) received 3 108 reports on environmental offences, up by even one third year-on-year.
The majority of the reports dealt with events related to injured, overrun or wounded wild animals, as well as with wild animals found in an unusual environment after they had wandered to residential areas or birds that had failed to leave before winter. During the first three months of this year, officials also received more than 300 reports from citizens on the burning of waste. Also reports on illegal angling were coming in almost every other day.
The population of Vilnius applied to the SEPA Communication and Environmental Emergency Control Division 862 times, to the Kaunas Division 519 ties and to the Klaipėda Division 383 times. On receiving reports after business hours regarding damage to nature, officials on duty from the regional environmental protection departments under the Ministry of Environment went on 378 calls. Some 66% of all calls were justified and managed to record offences and punish the offenders. Almost a hundred offenders were subjected to administrative liability by the officials on duty for poaching, pollution of the environmental, burning of waste, improper wastewater and slurry management or illegal forest felling.
Last month the SEPA expanded its fields of cooperation with the Emergency Response Centre. From now on calls on accidents in buildings that pollute the environment or give rise to a threat of such pollution will be routed to the SEPA. Also a possibility has been envisaged to involve the fire services when rescue operations related to the environmental sector are carried out.
Environmentalists invite people to continue informing them actively about damage to nature and infringements of environmental requirements by the emergency call number 112 or directly to the SEPA number (8 5) 273 2995.