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New publication on species under strict protection in Lithuania


A book “Species of Lithuania under Strict Protection”, just issued by the Ministry of Environment, will help to introduce our country’s rarest and especially vulnerable plants, fungi and animals, and give advice on how to protect them. The book has been authored by a group of scholars. The publication is illustrated with pictures and drawings of the species described in it and maps of their locations.

A list of protected plants in Lithuania, featuring 177 species, was compiled in 1961. The Red Data Book issued in 1976 included 30 fauna and 42 flora endangered species. The second edition (1992) of the Red Data Book already contained 210 species of each flora and fauna and 81 species of fungi and lichens, while the third edition (2007) listed 253 fauna, 339 flora and 175 fungi and lichen species.

An important step towards protecting these species was the Law on protected fauna, flora and fungi species and communities, adopted in 1997 and amended in 2010, which formalised species under strict protection, a new category of the rarest species. The current Lithuanian List of Fauna, Flora and Fungi under Strict Protection was compiled on the proposal from the commission of the Lithuanian Red Data Book, and approved by the Minister of Environment in 2010.

The new publication “Species of Lithuania under Strict Protection” is intended not only for natural scientists or nature lovers but also for land owners, managers and users for whom it is important to know what grows or lives on land areas under their control, what restrictions on farming can exist and how measures necessary for the protection of species should be applied.

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