Council Names Most, Least Environmentally Friendly of 2011
The Council of Environmental NGOs named Tiiu Raia, long-term advisor at the Water Department of the Ministry of the Environment as the most eco-active person of 2011. Minister of Economic Affairs Juhan Parts received the title of eco-enemy for the second year in a row.
Long-term commitment to protecting Estonian water bodies earned Raia the title, the organization said. Raia has implemented knowledge-based and democratic water conservation policies and involved both experts and environmental organizations in the process of administrative decision-making.
She has put consistent effort in providing communities over the country with up-to-date water treatment facilities and helping farms to adopt leak-proof manure storage. She was also credited with Estonia's correction of the majority of flaws pointed out by the Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission.
Parts, however, was deemed worthy of an eco-raspberry as promoter of oil shale energy over renewable sources. Also, the economic ministry is still throwing money into the bridge link project to tie the island of Saaremaa with the mainland – an idea, which the organization sees as going against the principles of sustainable development.