Hungarian government damaging wildlife

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From Wildlife Extra:

New law puts Hungary’s wildlife at risk

Land management rights are to be transferred from nature conservation organisations to a central Land Agency which has economic rather than conservation interests if Hungary’s new law is approved, BirdLife International reports.

“If approved the new legislation is likely to damage centuries of nature conservation traditions and practices,” says Elodie Cantaloube in her report for BirdLife International.

Among Hungary’s natural treasures are Europe’s largest known stalactite cave which is an incredible 26km long (partly shared with Slovakia), inside Aggtelek National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and Héviz Lake, Europe’s largest thermal lake.

Hungary has been well known for its strong laws and firmly established framework to protect its nature and wildlife.

Its well-developed system is made up of governmental institutions and a large network of protected areas on government owned land.

About nine per cent of Hungary’s territory is under federal protection and there are 63 forest reserves that have been designated as protected land.

All of the country’s known 4,077 caves have been protected by law since 1961.

Hungary’s contribution to the Europe’s ‘Natura 2000 Network’ is quite significant as well. It’s about 21 per cent of the country’s total land area, or nearly 2 million hectares.

However, according to BirdLife International, during the last decade the Hungarian Government has done been tearing apart all these years of conservation work.

It abolished its Ministry of Environment, integrating it into the Ministry of Rural Development in 2010.

And now it has passed a bill which takes away the land management rights of existing government nature conservation organisations and transfers them instead to a central agency.

If the act comes into force, this control will be given entirely to the existing National Land Fund, which manages the rest of Hungary’s state-owned land.

It is driven exclusively by economic considerations.

Despite concerns actively voiced by nature conservation NGOs based in Hungary, including BirdLife, WWF, and Friends of the Earth, the law seems to be going forward.

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