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Agriculture minister highlights importance of biodiversity at Budapest Climate Summit

Hungary's agriculture ministry and the MBH Bank have launched a project focusing on the protection of species, forests and water with an aim of preserving biodiversity, the agriculture minister said in a keynote speech at the Budapest Climate Summit on Monday.

The programmes will be implemented in national parks, “showing that political and economic players are both committed to nature and environmental protection,” his ministry quoted Istvan Nagy as saying.

Preservation works have restored the natural environment to the original state on 300,000 hectares, Nagy said. The total of environmental investments came to some 90 billion forints (EUR 238m) since 2012, he said. The government sees the protection of “natural capital” and the resources of biodiversity, farmland, climate regulation, pure water and air as a strategic issues, he said.

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