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MINING OPERATIONS POSE A THREAT TO DECLARED NATURA 2000 SPAs AND SCIs IN SLOVAKIA

WHAT YOU CAN DO

 

In consultation with Slovak conservationists we have prepared a draft text to be sent to the EU Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas. Send it (or one with your own concerns and suggestions - some tips here) via the link provided - or by post or fax - to

 

MAIL TO COMMISSIONER DIMAS

 

To:   stavros.dimas@cec.eu.int

 

bcc:   sosna@changenet.sk;  info@proact-campaigns.net

It is important that you also take time to send an email to the mining company

 

TOURNIGAN GOLD CORPORATION

 


PLEASE ENSURE THAT EU AND SLOVAK LEGISLATION ON HABITAT AND SPECIES PROTECTION IN SLOVAKIA IS NOT COMPROMISED

 

Commissioner for the Environment

Mr Stavros Dimas

 

 

Dear Commissioner Dimas,

 

You will be aware that the Republic of Slovakia has submitted, and has had approved by the EU, a list of 38 SPAs as their contribution to Natura 2000. These have yet to be given final approval and protection by the Slovak government.

 

Some of these areas provide breeding habitat for several important and endangered bird species including the Eastern Imperial Eagle, Lesser Spotted Eagle, and Ural Owl. Other areas are important habitats for species of community concern according to SPA criteria such as Black Stork, Black, Three-toed and White-backed Woodpeckers, Capercaillie, Pygmy Owl, Hazel Grouse and other  birds.

 

The Natura 2000 plans are now threatened by proposed revisions to the mining law which will give priority to the exploitation of gold, uranium and other minerals to the detriment of conservation and nature protection.

 

Local NGOs are now contesting the contentious and potentially dangerous clauses in the new draft law and have appealed for international support and publicity for their campaign.

 

I/We urge you to investigate this matter urgently, and to use your influence to ensure that the Slovakian Natura 2000 proposals are not jeopardised by short-term economic gain which could lead to loss of habitat and decline ion endangered European bird species populations.

 

Sincerely,

 

(Name and address)


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