Over 11,000 reports on violations per year2015-10-29
During its first year after launch, Centre for Information Gathering and Management at the State Environmental Protection Agency (VAAT), established in autumn 2014, gathered over 11,000 reports on violations of environmental protection requirements.
According to Linas Jonauskas, Vice-minister of the Environment, “We refer to this centre as a dispatching station of environmentalists; it meets every single expectation we have. We can see that the public appreciates both an opportunity to report on offenders around the clock, and rapid response of the environmentalists to the reports we receive.
Usually, people call 112, emergency number, to report on an environmental violation; the operators of the Emergency Response Centre (the centre has signed a cooperation agreement with VAAT) direct their report to the centre immediately. The staff of the centre also receives a number of reports using its direct number.
The reports received year round mainly (4,721 reports) concern incidents with wild animals. Environmental protection officers on duty can tell of dozens of instances when, having received a report, they managed to arrive on time and save an animal. The number of calls suggests public intolerance of poachers. 1,469 reports concerned offenders of amateur fishery rules, while 419 calls reported violations of hunting requirements. The public concern for the quality of the environment is growing too. 866 calls concerned aquatic and air pollution, 578 calls concerned incineration of waste, while 415 calls reported a failure to treat waste.
The Ministry of the Environment takes this opportunity to remind that any violation of environmental protection can be reported around the block using the emergency number 112, or the number (8~5) 273 2995 of the Centre for Information Gathering and Management at the VAAT.