Ministry of Environment (Lithuania)

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Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania
Lietuvos Respublikos aplinkos ministerija
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Ministry overview
Headquarters Vilnius, Lithuania
Minister responsible

The Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania (Lithuanian: Lietuvos Respublikos aplinkos ministerija) oversees the environment and natural resources in Lithuania. Its mission is:

  • To implement the principle of sustainable development;
  • To set preconditions for rational utilization, protection and restoration of natural resources;
  • To ensure provision of information about the state of environment and its forecasts to the public;
  • To create conditions for the development of construction business and the provision of residents with housing;
  • To ensure a proper environmental quality, taking into account the norms and standards of the European Union.[1]

The Environment Protection Department, accountable to the Supreme Council – Reconstituent Seimas, was established to oversee environment protection and exploitation of natural resources after Lithuania declared independence from the Soviet Union in 1990. In 1996, the Department was reorganized into Ministry of Environmental Protection.[2] In 1998, after the merger with Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, it was renamed to Ministry of Environment. Thus it became responsible for construction, territorial planning, and housing. The Ministry has numerous divisions and subordinate institutions responsible for protected areas, environment protection, geological survey, forestry, metrology, meteorology services,[3] and marine research. The Ministry also runs the Tadas Ivanauskas Zoological Museum.[2]


Name From To
Bronius Bradauskas 1996-05-06 1996-12-04
Imantas Lazdinis 1996-12-04 1998-03-25
Algis Čaplikas 1998-03-25 1999-04-08
Danius Lygis 1999-04-08 2000-12-04
Henrikas Žukauskas 2000-12-04 2001-10-27
Arūnas Kundrotas 2001-10-27 2008-01-31
Artūras Paulauskas 2008-01-31 2008-11-28
Gediminas Kazlauskas 2008-11-28 2012-12-13
Valentinas Mazuronis 2012-12-13 2014-07-17
Kęstutis Trečiokas 2014-07-17 present


  1. ^ "Mission of the Ministry". Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania. 2002-01-30. Retrieved 2011-03-06. 
  2. ^ a b Ministry of Environment (PDF). Vilnius: Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania. 2003. pp. 3, 5. ISBN 9955-499-09-5. 
  3. ^ "Lithuanian Hydrometeorological Service under the Ministry of Environment". Lithuanian Hydrometeorological Service under the Ministry of Environment. Retrieved 2014-12-18. 
  4. ^ "Ankstesnės vyriausybės > Po 1990 metų" (in Lithuanian). Government of the Republic of Lithuania. Retrieved 2011-03-06.