Hungarian river Tisza recovering from pollution

BUDAPEST, Jun 22, 2000 -- (BBC) The ecosystem of the Tisza river, which was contaminated by a cyanide spill from a Romanian gold smelter last February, is recovering rapidly, activists of the Ecohelp Foundation told a news conference in Budapest on Tuesday [20th June].

Reporting on the event on Wednesday [21st June], `Nepszabadsag' daily recalled that Hungarian companies as well as foreign governments and firms had assisted in the ecological rehabilitation of the Tisza with tens of millions of forints over the past few months. As a result, 8.5 million fries have been introduced to the river.

Josef von Ferenczy, a German media tycoon of Hungarian origin and founder of Ecohelp, said the foundation would coordinate and manage the aid offered after the ecological disaster all over the world, including Hungary. For instance, it plans to launch fish-breeding projects and set up laboratories.

Foreign donators have offered and provided cyanide-neutralizing technology, laboratory tests and expert advice. Philip Morris granted 100,000 dollars for the purpose of eliminating the damage. The Dutch government provided NGL 100,000 for fishermen along the river.

The Nokia company laid aside Ft 25m for developing a monitoring system. The US embassy in Budapest granted 25,000 dollars as urgent relief. The United States also assisted in setting up advanced laboratory stations worth 650,000 dollars along the river.

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