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Environmentalists urge NA and UGF to take responsibility for plans to set up a cemetery in dunes

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULately there have been many reports about amendments approved by the Environmental Protection and Regional Development Ministry that are intended to transform a territory under protection by nature preservation act into a cemetery.

The scandalous decision of the Cabinet of Ministers was approved without taking into account the opinion of non-governmental organizations and the warnings voiced by Justice Ministry in regards to the decision’s non-compliance with Kemeri National Park Law, as reported by the association ‘Untouched Environment for Next Generations’, noting that such a situation should not be acceptable in a country ruled by law.

«Latvia’s society was never told that its owned natural treasures are under constant threat of intense logging activities. We have to join forces and turn everyone’s attention to it, because a certain municipality, clearly enjoying the good will and benevolence of the Environmental Protection and Regional Development Ministry, has decided to wrap its paws around the last corner of untouched nature accessible to the public – the natural park’s protected zone,» – emphasizes the association’s representative Gints Kauniste. The announcement released by the ministry this Tuesday, which stated that changes to existing regulations were added «to balance out environmental protection and public interests», the association calls untrue.

«We have told the Cabinet of Ministers and VARAM multiple times that construction in the aforementioned territory of Kemeri National Park has been continuing non-stop since the ‘90s, taking over more and more protected territories of the national park,» – Kauniste adds.

Commenting on VARAM’s mentioning of public interests, Kauniste said public interests are included in the municipality’s long-term development strategy, which, among other things, does not allow sacrificing Lapmezciems’ most valuable natural assets for logging.

«It’s not enough that the illegitimate decision of the Cabinet of Ministers has led to the irreversible loss of nationally important natural treasure; the possible fine for failure to comply with international commitments will likely be forced on Latvian taxpayers, not the politicians that had committed the crime,» – Kauniste adds.

The association emphasizes that it will not leave the situation be. Environmentalists have turned to the National Alliance and the Union of Greens and Farmers, asking them to take responsibility for the decisions made by Maris Kucinskis’ government.

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