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Riho Kuppart and Petteri Tiippana signing the agreement, May 24, 2019. Source: Elo Ilkka

Estonian and Finnish environment authorities sign nuclear safety memorandum

Estonia's Environmental Board signed a memorandum of understanding with Finland's Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority on Friday, aimed at building further on the two agencies' cooperation, especially in the exchange of information and emergency response concerning nuclear and radiation-related...
Brown bear. Photo: Remo Savisaar

Alutaguse national park was established as Estonian 6th national park

Did you know that now we have 6 national parks in Estonia? The newest is Alutaguse in East of Estonia. Alutaguse National Park´s natural landscapes are home for many rare species in Estonia, for example Flying Squirrel and Black Stork, but also for the Great Grey Owl and Brown Bear....
Finches are eating seed in birdhouse.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Nõva river. Photo: Inseneri Ehitus

Living conditions of fish are improving in Northwestern Estonian rivers

Directed by the Environmental Board, construction works will begin in Veskijõe, Nõva and Riguldi rivers as well as the Leidisoo main ditch in order to improve passage through the rivers and restore spawning areas for many salmon species. The rivers in Northwestern Estonia have few fish, but...
Sheepdog Lembo at work in Karula national park. Photo taken by Mats Meriste.

Latvian sheep farmers are coming to Estonia to learn prevention of predator damage

This upcoming weekend, the representatives of the Environmental Board and the Estonian Sheep and Goat Breeders Association will share their knowledge and experience on preventing, decreasing and compensating predator damage with Latvian sheep breeders. On their study trip to Estonia, the...
Photo: Aimar Rakko

Estonia has done a lot of work to prevent the spreading of African swine fever

African swine fever (ASF) has been fought since 2014 in Estonia. Strict biosafety measures have been applied to keep ASF from farms and the spread of ASF has come to a halt in our forests thanks to decreasing the wild boar population. A lot of work has been done in four years, resulting in...
Himalayan balsam. Photo: Eike Vunk

Lawbreakers of Pärnu to weed Himalayan balsam

In scope of a cooperation agreement between the Environmental Board and the Pärnu probation department of the Tallinn Prison, the dangerous invasive species, Himalayan balsam, will be weeded as community service in Pärnu. Himalayan balsam is a decorative flowering plant from the Himalayan...
Estonian cold nights and snowy winters might become a rare occasion due to climate change. Photo: Marit Kivisild

The Environmental Board starts to inspect the compliance of biofuels to sustainability criteria

As of 1 May 2018, the engine fuel sold in Estonia must contain at least 3.1% biofuel, the use of which helps decrease air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. “People have become increasingly mobile over the past decades. Using a private car is a daily activity for many Estonians as well....
Small spruces. Photo: Eda Tetlov

Most Estonian forest owners renew forests as required

Field work carried out by the forestry department of the Environmental Board in 2017 revealed that the majority of areas that need reforestation are growing a new generation of forest. Last year, forest specialists carried out 3,450 expert's assessments for reforestation over 4,777 hectares....
Photo: Black stork babies take a good look at the world. Photo: Indrek Tammekänd

The black stork, one of Estonia’s most endangered birds, got a new action plan for protection

In this year of European cultural heritage, an action plan for protection was made for the black stork, which has been considered a sacred bird since ancient times and lives on the northern edge of its range in Estonia, preferably in ancient forests. The action plan describes the actions needed...


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