Environmental offence line getting reports round the clock2014-12-16
Launched in October, the Answering Centre of the State Environmental Protection Service operating on a 24-hour basis has lived up to the expectations. People are active to report environmental offences, cases of poaching, about injured animals, inadequately managed waste and other damage to the environment.
Most communications on offences are received at the Answering Centre from operators of the Public-Safety Answering Point. On evaluating reports received, duty officers at the centre decide on the response to such reports, advise people on their concerns or refer them to professionals.
In October employees of the Answering Centre received 718 reports and in November already more than 800 communications. The majority of reports deal with injured or knocked down wild animals or those suffering from other impacts.
Many reports are forwarded to local environmental officials who take immediate action. Other communications are sent to the Animal Carers Association, the Ornithological Society, foresters, etc.
As environmentalists have adopted a new on-duty practice in their work, employees of the Answering Centre can apply to them at any time during the 24 hours. Regional environmentalists on duty in accordance with a schedule prepared in advance are always ready for calls.
Reports received in November after business hours and on holidays and weekends totalled almost 100. As many as 83 per cent of them proved to be true. The most common reports were concerned with poaching. Of the total of 46 communications, only 3 reports on possible poaching appeared to be false. Calls after business hours were most often dealt with by officers of the Šiauliai and Kaunas Regional Environmental Protection Departments.
The Answering Centre of the State Environmental Protection Service operates for 24 hours, including weekends and holidays. Offences can be reported at the telephone number (8-5) 273 2995 or the emergency telephone number 112.
Public Information Division