Environment Ministry Laszlo Borbely: 134M lei to be allocated for reforestation activities in 2010

The reforestation strategy will amount to 134 million lei (around 31.53 million euros) in 2010, with 44 million lei coming from the state budget and other 90 million lei from the Environment Fund, the Minister of Environment and Forestry Laszlo Borbely told a press conference on Thursday.

‘There are 44 million lei from the state budget and 90 million lei from the Environment Fund for reforestation activities at Romsilva, as compared to 28 million lei allocated in 2009. At present, there are 100 hectares of land which are ready to be used for creating natural fences of trees against natural phenomena,’ said Borbely.
According to him, the guide that allows the launching of the first projects’ session on Measure 221 under the National Rural Development Programme (NRDP) was recently completed.

Laszlo Borbely also mentioned the financial allocations accomplished in the last ten years regarding flood prevention, and said that the entire amount of 900 million lei allotted in 2010 represent the largest sum of money since 1990. ‘Between 2000 – 2004 one billion lei were earmarked for floods, with 290 completed investments approved.

Between 2005 and 2009, there were 2.8 billion lei for 469 completed investments, while in 2010 we are allotting 845 million lei, the largest amount since 1990. Moreover, we have earmarked 70 million lei from the Environment Fund for emergency interventions, for three dams, through three Governmental Resolutions,’ underlined Borbely, who also added that for the 2010 – 2035 time span, 12.5 billion euros should be allotted for these strategies, with 35 percent representing budget funds, 28 percent – external loans, 15 percent – European funds and 22 percent – other funds, including the Environment Fund.

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