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New publication about successful projects to protect species


The Ministry of Environment presents a new publication – book 'Protection of Rare Species. Lithuanian Good Practice'. The book outlines the implementation experiences of the projects to the rarest species.

The project launched in 2012 by the Ministry of Environment to protect rare species and regulate the abundance of invasive species is the first project of this type covering the area of more than 3 thousand hectares.

This Project has made it possible to complete the arrangements of 129 territories most important for 23 protected species, draw up the Protection Plan of European Bisons and commence its works, draw up the protection plans for two strictly protected species, carry out the works to preserve the protected species, such as the aquatic warbler, lynx, western capercaillie, black stork, melittis melissophyllum, cypripedium calceolus, aldrovanda vesiculosa, etc. Much emphasis has also been placed on the prevalence control of invasive species – controls have been introduced in 71 territories of 7 invasive species.

The project implementation areas have been chosen by the specialists who know the biology and condition of each of the protected species. The existing condition of the territories has been improved in some locations and specific works have been undertaken in some others. Arrangements for habitats and their restoration have been undertaken, man-made nests have been made, protected species have been planted artificially, entry to the habitats of protected plants, the nesting areas of large forest birds and breeding sites of lynx have been restricted. Almost 60 ha of forest habitats, more than 450 ha of marshes and 700 ha of meadows have been arranged. 164 man-made nests for birds (eagles, black storks) and 240 man-made nests for bats of different types have been installed.

The publication 'Protection of Rare Species. Lithuanian Good Practice' outlines the activities carried out for the protection of each species. Many of them had not been carried out in Lithuania so far, hence, the project promoters had to search for, structure and discover. Most diverse techniques and means have been used for the accomplishment of the objectives. As there were no adequate technical means for the protection of some species, new plants have been planted and sowed. Local communities and farmers have also been involved in the implementation of this Project.

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