Hungary’s national parkland seen to be at risk

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Hungary could lose a large portion of its protected parkland according to an amendment to be brought before Parliament this week, with the intent of transfering the management rights of Hungary’s national parkland to the National Land Management Agency (NFA), which could then rent or sell the land, according to daily Népszabadság.

A recent amendment, under which landowners with land assets in excess of 1,200 hectares no longer have access to European Union subsidies for the portion of land exceeding the 1,200 hectares, means that national parks have lost 60% of their funding, the daily reported.

The daily cited opposition MP Benedek R. Sallai (LMP) as saying that the latest development is at odds with European Union norms in which the ratio of protected national parkland is increasing in the EU while in Hungary it is decreasing. Sallai referred to Hortobágy National Park in his argument saying that, of the parkʼs 60,000 hectares, only 1,000 hectares will remain under the park’s management, areas in which EU-funded nature conservation developments are currently in progress.

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