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Number of abandoned structures in protected areas declines


The protected areas of have seen the number of abandoned structures and other sites creating an impact declining. Such structures and sites are cleared by implementing a project of LTL 12.6 million intended for this purpose. EU support exceeding LTL 10 million accounts for the greater part of the funds. The project plans to remove 170 abandoned buildings. Structures posing a threat to human health or located at tourist destinations and village centres are pulled down first.

As the project has gained momentum, intensive demolition works were carried out all autumn at Vištytis, Asveja, Anykščiai and Labanoras Regional Parks . As a result, even 33 abandoned structures were pulled down, of which 15 buildings or almost a half was in Vištytis Regional Park . All demolition works in the latter park are over and the territory has been cleaned up. All construction waste has been converted into crushed rock and used for road building. An abandoned gravel pit used as a dump site by the population has been cleaned up and levelled out with an excavator.

At present, the most intensive demolition works on abandoned structures are going on at Dieveniškės Historical Regional Park where 25 buildings are to be pulled down by the end of next year. This park is especially valued for the unique Rimašiai village, Norviliškės Monastery complex, Bėčionys Castle Hill and other sites that attract numerous visitors. However, some of the abandoned complexes are situated very close to the road in the most conspicuous places. The local population has already turned some of them into waste burial grounds, so action is taken to remove them as quickly as possible. Rapid demolition works are also carried out in Nemunas Delta, Varniai and Panemuniai Regional Parks .

In 2008, the Ministry of Environment prepared a programme for the removal of abandoned structures and established an information database that stores data on structures subject to demolition. Currently has over nine thousand such structures, but due to the formalities around private ownership and limited financial possibilities the state is able to pull down not all of them. Buildings at risk whose owners are unknown or away can only be pulled down in case a court recognises them as ownerless property.

Ministry of Environment information, tel. 266 3660

Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas