President Zeman to be briefed on plans for Šumava nature reserve

President Miloš Zeman will meet with Environment Minister Richard Brabec on Tuesday to discuss the future of the Šumava National Park and the circumstances surrounding the dismissal of the head of the park’s management Jiří Mánek last week. Mr. Mánek’s vision for the nature reserve was supported by the locals but met with strong opposition from environment activists who accused him of giving way to loggers and developers. President Zeman’s spokesman said on Monday that the head of state believed that the prosperity of the Šumava mountain villages should be taken into account by those shaping the future of the nature reserve.