Environment, Energy and Climate Change Minister Tina Birbili referred on Tuesday to forest policy goals, the importance of ratification of forestry maps and protection of public forests.

In a meeting with the directors of the Special Secretariat for Forests, Birbili stressed that the problem of illegally built structures -- which number in the millions in Greece -- land reclamation and encroachment on forestlands as well as areas undergoing reforestation, will have to be dealt with effectively.

In a visit to the offices of the Special Secretariat of Water, Birbili underlined its important work in the protection and management of water resources.