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Protected areas cleared from 252 abandoned buildings


Travellers around Lithuania often notice collapsed farms, warehouses of former collective farms and other abandoned buildings. The State Service for Protected Areas under the Ministry of Environment has remediated 252 objects in the protected areas under the project entitled “Liquidation of abandoned structures and other environmentally harmful objects”.

Because project is aimed at restoring the landscape complexes affected by human activity, the most abandoned structures and other environmentally harmful objects (old Soviet buildings, collective farm structures, garages, farms, quarries, bunker silos, etc.) in national and regional parks. Construction waste from demolished buildings is recycled into chippings that are used for building roads.

Lithuania, which has been party to the European Landscape Convention since 2002, committed itself to take actions to ensure protection and management of the landscape with a view to preserving and supporting landscape-critical or characteristic features.

The project's initial plan was to liquidate 170 objects in Lithuania's protected sites. The savings that were achieved during procurement of work funded under the project allowed managing additional 82 objects. A total of 252 objects was remediated in the protected sites.

Abandoned buildings were being demolished in Aukštaitija, Dzūkija and Kuršiai national parks as well as Biržai, Salantai, Tytuvėnai, Pajūris, Sartai, Sirvėta, Venta, Nemunas delta, Vištytis and other regional parks.

Public information division
10 June 2014

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