National Conservation Strategy Developed For Estonia

According to a recent report by Robin Ilves on the Estonian Public Broadcasting English language site, the Estonian government has announced plans for a nationwide scheme for nature conservation and protection.

The new plan, to be carried out by the Ministry of the Environment, appropriately enough, spans until 2020, the report said.

Estimated at a cost of 582.2 million Euros, the scheme aims to educate the public about nature conservation and the natural environment, including environmentally-friendly nature tourism, preservation work and financial incentives for creating conservation areas, the report continued.

Estonians value their natural environment; the country boasts several unspoilt national parks and vast areas of bog land hosting a plethora of species, as well as approximately half the country being covered by forest. As noted on this blog the quality of bathing water in freshwater rivers and lakes is amongst the best in Europe.

Thus it comes as no surprise that conservation would be on the agenda; even during the Soviet era there were environmental protests against the proposed strip mining of phosphorus (which thankfully never came to fruition).

However such efforts at conservation hitherto have largely been conducted on a regional or ad hoc basis – this is the first comprehensive national plan of its kind.

The original article is here.

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Energy Consumption Limits In Estonia To Get Stricter

According to a report by Ott Tammik on the Estonian Public Broadcasting (ERR) site, stricter energy consumption limits are to be set for buildings in Estonia for next year, 2013.

The announcement was made in a draft mandate from the Ministry of Economic Affairs, according to the report.

The ultimate goal for the state is to have ‘near zero energy buildings’ by 2021, which in practice means a limit of 50 Kilowatt hours (KwH) of energy consumption per square metre per year, for every building, the report stated, although it is believed that this target will be met two years earlier than that.

The current limit is 180 KwH per square metre per year, set to be reduced to 160 KwH per square metre per year from next year, the report said.

Presumably the limit will be reduced by small increments until the 50 KwH target is reached.

The original article (in Estonian) which ERR cites outlining the announcement is from Estonian national daily Postimees, here.

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Estonia Enjoys Best Quality Lakes’ And Rivers’ Swimming Water In Europe

Estonia’s rivers and lakes rank number one in Europe for the quality of their bathing water, according to a report by Kristopher Rikken on the English site of the Estonian Public Broadcasting service (ERR).

From 28 bodies of water sampled, 26 were deemed ‘excellent’ acccording to  the European Commission in Tallinn, as published by the European Environmental Agency. This meant a 92.8 per cent ‘excellent’ rate (and the remaining two bodies of water received the next best ‘good’ rating) ahead of Germany  (90.2 per cent) and Austria (83.5 per cent) though the samples from the latter two countries were admittedly far more extensive.

The focus of the tests was the incidence of the enterococci and E. coli bacteria, according to the report.

These results will be a welcome addition to the news reported last year that Tallinn has the cleanest air in the world, no less.

However, Estonia’s coastal waters did not boast such an impressive record, according to the report. Whereas neighbouring Finland had 70 per cent of its beaches in the ‘excellent’ category, with Cyprus, Malta and Greece all enjoying close to 100 per cent records, Estonia saw 44 per cent of its beaches falling into the top range. Neighbouring Latvia had a similar rate at 43.8 per cent, the report stated.

These results, at least in the case of two of the beaches (at Pärnu and Pedeli) that received a ‘poor’ rating may be tempered by the fact that short term pollution events had happened shortly before the readings were taken, and also bad weather may have had its influence; in any event there have been no beach closures, according to the report.

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