The purpose of this Law shall be to establish the bases for the protection of the greenery and green spaces located outside the forestry land of the Republic of Lithuania, for the development of green areas and the legal regulation of planting of greenery, in order to ensure the stability of the natural and cultural landscape, and the right of the inhabitants to improve the environmental conditions that improve their quality of life. This Law does not apply to grassy vegetation that grows outside green areas. Flora and fauna must be preserved as aesthetically, ecologically, historically and culturally important elements of the countryside. Protection and management of plantations and greenery shall be organized in accordance with the following principles: (b) biodiversity protected in green areas and plantations; (b) the total area of isolated gardens in cities and towns is not reduced; (c) the natural environment is formed on the scale of the country, district, city (or parts thereof), creating a uniformly system of green spaces in cities, towns and rural landscapes; (d) maintain the optimal area of the built-up and open spaces for recreation and health of the inhabitants (determined according to the acting legislative provisions), ecological and aesthetic ties; (e) integrity of the historical green spaces and the ensembles or complexes of buildings located in or alongside them, and their integrity; (f) separate plantations (parks, including historical ones, squares, city and town gardens, dendrological collections) are not divided into parts, except for the formation of parcel of objects in their territory; (g) consideration of reasoned opinion of the public concerned about the transformation of existing greenery and the development of new ones; (h) trees and shrubs shall be designated by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania upon the proposal of the Ministry of Environment. This Law consists of IX Chapters divided into 30 Articles. Chapter I lays down general provisions. Chapter II regards green spaces system and classification of greenery by grades. Chapter III regards protection and management of gardens. Chapter IV establishes rights and obligations of natural and legal persons. Chapter V regards inventory, accounting, planning and designing of gardens and green spaces. Chapter VI regards protection and management of gardens and green spaces. Chapter VII green spaces and parks of cultural and recreational value. Chapter VIII regards financing of planting and protection of gardens and green spaces. Chapter IX regards legal control and establishes liability for the infringement of this Law.
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