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Award for Selemonas Paltanavičius from the President’s hands


On the State Day, 6 July, Selemonas Paltanavičius, a well-known naturalist and long-term employee of the Ministry of Environment, was awarded a Medal of the Order for Merits to Lithuania. He and another thirty people of merit to the country received this award from President Dalia Grybauskaitė.

‘Selemonas is the most genuine naturalists not only by his profession but also by his lifestyle and philosophy. Nature represents an inexhaustible spring of his creative work that includes photographs, articles, books for children and radio shows,’ says Minister of Environment, Kęstutis Trečiokas.

Over the 45 years of his creative life, Selemonas Paltanavičius has written more than 50 books about nature and its specific features, prepared more than 3 500 publications and almost a thousand radio shows, contributed to more than 200 radio shows and issued two CDs, The Voices of Žuvintas and A Day in the Countryside, while the count of his numerous interviews for the press, television and radio was lost long ago. These things have become a daily routine for him.

The creative abilities of Selemonas have been appreciated with awards more than once. In 2003, he received the Prize of Petras Abukevičius for the script of the film The Swan Lake beneath a Cloud, in 2007 his book The Little Devil and the Little Skylark was elected the best book of the year for children, and in 2008 he was awarded the Prize of Česlovas Kudaba established by the Ministry of Environment.

The deep knowledge of nature, a broad cultural horizon, a sense of honour and warm contact are among the most important features for which this summer Selemonas Paltanavičius has been invited to join a team of ten persons rallied for the first national expedition along the Nemunas in Lithuania. The whole last week, the crew sailed by kurėnas, a restored old Curonian boat, visiting historically and culturally important places and meeting with their local communities. Hopefully, the impressions of this unique expedition will shortly be seen in Selemonas’ photographs, and we will read about them in his articles or books.

Public Information Division

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