Environment minister promises forest maps by March

Maps of major Attica forests that have been the repeated targets of arsonists and would-be developers in recent decades will be completed and publicly posted by March this year, Environment Minister Tina Birbili promised during a press conference on Thursday.

Presenting the targets of the environment, energy and climate change ministry for 2011, Birbili stressed that forest maps were a key priority and that maps for Marathonas, Pentelis and Nea Penteli will be posted in March, to be followed by six forest maps for the regions of Magnesia, Kavala, Ileia and Evros in May.

She also announced that the ministry will soon unveil a draft bill for development and improvement of the Faliro delta, where the new opera house is to be built, and that the environment ministry strongly supported the creation of a major park at the site of the old airport at Helliniko, along the lines of New York's Central Park of Hyde Park in London.

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