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Cabinet approves programme to fight bark beetle in Slovak forests

The government will spend over Sk1.5 billion (€50.25 million) in 2009-2013 to fight the bark beetle infestations in Slovak forests.

The government will spend over Sk1.5 billion (€50.25 million) in 2009-2013 to fight the bark beetle infestations in Slovak forests.

On Wednesday, December 3, the Cabinet approved draft legislative, institutional and economic measures submitted by the Agriculture and Environment Ministers to alleviate and stop the effect of the bark beetle in pine forests.

In line with the draft, forest managers will physically and chemically sanitise trees infested with bark beetles and liquidate damaged and fallen trees that represent an active breeding ground for the bark beetle.

From 2009 to 2013, Sk930 million (€30.87 million) is to be spent on construction or rebuilding of the forest transport network in affected areas. SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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