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Winning proposal

The European Commission declared the project titled ’Restoration and conservation of priority habitats and species in the Eastern Bakony area’ winning on 27th October 2008.

Under leadership of the Infrastructure Agency of the Ministry of Defence, members of the winning consortium had jointly sought for solutions in the interest of the restoration and conservation of priority habitats and species in the Eastern Bakony area. They submitted a proposal on 15th January, 2008, in the scope of the programme LIFE+ of the European Commission in order to carry out the solutions. Following the proposal of the Environment Directorate General of the European Union, the LIFE+ proposal titled ’Restoration and conservation of priority habitats and species in the Eastern Bakony area’ (Reference Number: LIFE07 NAT/H/00321) was declared winning by the Commission on 27th October.

Resulting from the antecedents, in slightly one year after issuing the proposal, the Infrastructure Agency of the Ministry of Defence as coordinating beneficiary signed a consortium agreement with the associated beneficiaries – HM VERGA Zrt. (Forestry of Veszprém), Balaton Uplands National Park Directorate (BfNPI), Aquaprofit Zrt. – in the presence of representatives of the local and national press on 2nd February, 2009.
Mr. Imre Szekeres, the Minister of Defence emphasised that the direction of the Ministry of Defence has given increased attention to tackle environmental issues for some 30 years, aiming at establishing conditions by which the best available standard could be achieved on the field of environmental protection in relation to military activities. He highlighted that national defence does not mean the destruction of environment. The basic effort is to accomplish military tasks without leaving ecological footprint during the application of Hungarian troops nationally and internationally. Generally speaking, the main objective of the project is the restoration of the original, indigenous habitats and populations, the conservation of natural valuables and biodiversity of the areas, and particularly the harmonization of military and conservation purpose activities.
At the public signing, Mr. Zsolt Kulcsár, the director-general of the Forestry of Veszprém stressed that they intend to use the significant amount of subsidy from the European Union in a manner that it would serve as a precedent also in other regions of Hungary. For this, the Balaton Uplands National Park provides technical assistance in terms of nature conservation and the Aquaprofit Zrt. as regards communication.

The main goal of the 66-month-long project is to elaborate a Community conservation strategy in conformity with existing military activities, as the result of which the area could become part of the NATURA 2000 network.

 

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