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Reform of the Nature Conservation Act begins with public consultation

Press release 2020-01-24, the Ministry of the Environment
The process to reform the Nature Conservation Act has been started with an online survey to hear the people’s views in the very beginning of the process. The project comprises the reform of the Nature Conservation Act and Nature Conservation Decree and drafting of a new act concerning the compensation for damages caused by protected species. The third element to be developed is ecological compensation. Take the survey.

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