President of Climate Alliance Hungary receives award for outstanding work
On 3 June, Csaba Lajtmann, President of Climate Alliance Hungary and Programme Director of the environmental association Reflex, was awarded the Pro Natura Award for his outstanding work in the field of municipal biodiversity protection and for the renewal of the Hungarian environmental and nature conservation movement. The award was presented by András Rácz, State Secretary for Nature Conservation, and Sándor Farkas, Deputy Minister of Agriculture, at a ceremony as part of the World Environment Day programme.
At the award ceremony in Budapest, Deputy Minister Sándor Farkas said: "The Ministry of Agriculture has made it a priority to prepare existing forests to adapt to climate change and to increase the area covered with trees. Currently, 25.4% of our country is covered by forest and shrub vegetation. Under the afforestation programme, 42,000 hectares of new forests have been created in the last two years." Afforestation is supported and promoted through government programmes. Under the Climate and Nature Action Plan, for example, 680 hectares of new forest have been created so far.
In addition to Csaba Lajtmann, three other people also received the Pro Natura Award for their work in the field of environmental and climate protection:
- András Ambrus, ecologist of the Fertő-Hanság National Park Directorate
- Csaba Fitala, retired nature reserve warden of the Bükk National Park Directorate
- Andrea Riskó, Head of the Nature Conservation Department of the Ministry of Agriculture
Read more about the award ceremony (in Hungarian).