Environment ministry to spend 171.59 million euro on forest fire protection

The Environment and Climate Change ministry on Thursday announced that 171.59 million euro will be spent on actions to protect vulnerable woodlands from fire. The money will be used fund fire-protection works carried out by forest authorities and local authorities, who are called upon to submit their proposals for funding by September 30, 2011.
Up to 14,986,962 million euro will be used to open and improve road networks within forests that are economically exploited, with the aim of improving conditions of mountain populations and developing eco-tourism.

A further 40.5 million euro is earmarked for works for fire-protection zones and fire-prevention, 22.5 million euro for water-course management works and 93.6 million euro for reforestation, anti-flooding and anti-erosion works in burnt forests.

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