New Minister of Environment Kęstutis Navickas is a thoroughbred environmentalist2016-12-14
Introducing the new Minister Kęstutis Navickas to the staff of the Ministry of Environment today, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has said that the minister will be faced with great challenges. However, the Prime Minister has no doubt that Kęstutis Navickas is able to overcome these challenges. ‘Minister, the staff is your greatest asset, so you should value your people’, was the wish of the Government head.
Thanking the staff for their collective work, former Minister Kęstutis Trečiokas called the new minister a thoroughbred environmentalist and was pleased with leaving the Ministry in good hands.
The 46-year-old new minister has great experience in environmental activities. It is no accident that he was proposed to this post by the community of environmentalists and greens itself. The new head of the Ministry has spent all his time working in the non-governmental environmental sector, except for a few short breaks related to cultural heritage and social activities.
The values of Kęstutis Navickas were shaped by the ecological movement of the Rebirth period in which he was an active participant. These values have been important to him since 1988 already, when he became a faithful co-thinker and associate of the Atgaja community, the green herald of new Lithuania.
For eight years from 1998 he worked as the director of the Lithuanian division of the international organisation Regional Environmental Centre for Central and Eastern Europe, and after that was a sustainable development expert and deputy director of the international non-governmental organisation Baltic Environmental Forum. For the last six years he has headed the coalition of the Lithuanian environmental organisations.
After finishing the secondary and vocational schools in his native Kaunas, Kęstutis Navickas entered Vilnius University to study history. He received a Bachelor’s degree from this university in 1999, and ten years later he completed the Master study programme of sustainable development management and administration at Mykolas Romeris University.
Kęstutis Navickas has worked on problems of climate change and rural development, and has authored several articles on them. Since 2014 he has participated in the activities of the working group for coordinating the implementation of agri-environment measures under the Lithuanian Rural Development Programme 2014-2020.
As head of the Ministry of Environment, Kęstutis Navickas plans to devote the greatest attention to problems in the waste management and construction sectors, and is determined to cut red tape and increase transparency.