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Nature conservation

Environmental Board:

  • is the governing body of areas under national level of protection;
  • plans and manages the creation of protected areas;
  • prepares the protection management plans to plan the conservational work;
  • issues the necessary operating permits within the protected areas, read more in the section on operating permits;
  • coordinates applications for construction activities within the protected areas;
  • issues any notifications concerning the conservation area;
  • decides upon the reduction of the construction exclusion zone in the protected area;
  • processes any applications for the sale of the protected land to the state.

The Environmental Inspectorate organizes supervision in protected areas. In case you notice violations in protected areas or animals in need of assistance, report it to the Environmental Information telephone on 1313.

The Environmental Agency organizes nature and environmental monitoring, analyzes and maintains data. Read the latest information on nature conservation assessments from the EELIS newsletter at EELIS infopage:;-164545161;est;eelisand;;&lang=eng.

The State Forest Management Center (SFMC) organizes nature conservation works in the protected areas and organizes visits. Read more about the possibilities of visiting of the areas on the webpage “Together with Nature“:

The Ministry of the Environment is subordinate to all state authorities listed above. The Ministry plans and directs the Estonian environmental policy. Read more about the main directions of Estonian nature conservation policy on:

Männikjärve bog in Endla Nature Reserve. Photo: Elo RaspelMännikjärve bog in Endla Nature Reserve. Photo: Elo Raspel

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