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Winter ski resort of Slovakia in the national reserve?

Winter ski resort of Slovakia in the national reserve?
Winter ski resort of Slovakia in the national reserve?

Skiing, as we know, is one of the most popular leisure activities in Slovakia. Tatra Mountains is a place many leading ski resorts in Slovakia. At the same time part of the Tatra mountain range, until recently, remained free from any tourist complexes. A considerable part of the Tatra Mountains in Slovakia is a national nature reserve. Nevertheless, in the near future the park will face the cutting of the territory. The fact is that in the near future in the National Park in the Tatra Mountains in Slovakia is planned to build new ski areas, according to the site of the World Wildlife Fund.

As reported on the foundation's Web site, Slovakia has already approved the revision of boundaries of the reserve and developing on reclaimed territory a number of ski resorts. At the same time WWF is focusing on the fact that construction areas are fundamentally important habitats of chamois, marmots and other animals.

According to Environmental Protection Fund, an initiative of the Slovak authorities flagrantly violates both the Slovak legislation and a number of European agreements. For example, Park “Tatras” is included into a European network of protected areas Natura 2000.

Today, the Park is about 740 square kilometers. Park "Tatras" is a haven for a number of unique plants, including a unique kind of Tatra Field Pine.

WWF insists that the revision of the national park boundaries should occur involving not only experts in the field of tourism development, but also specialists in the field of environmental protection from global organizations, including WWF.

Until now are not disclosed neither the exact size of territories, which is scheduled to give for construction of tourism facilities, nor the size of investments or start dates. Representatives of the World Wildlife Fund expect that attention to the situation with the park in the Tatra mountains of Slovakia will pay leaders of the country and the Commission on the Environment of the EU.

Date: 03/05/2010

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