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CIVIL ORGS DEMAND PROTECTION FOR LAKES

 

Seventy-three civil organisations have called on the government in a joint statement to ensure protection for Hungary’s Balaton, Velencei and Fertő Lakes, as well as the Old Lake in Tata. The petition is aimed at preventing further construction, whether state-financed or private, in natural heritage areas, according to a statement the signatories sent to MTI, arguing that the sites in question were important natural assets and endangered habitats of protected species. The signatories, including Greenpeace and WWF Hungary, as well as the Hungarian Ornithology and Environment Protection Association, warned that planned development projects were in contravention with the state’s constitutional obligation to protect those assets.