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During the project "Evaluation of mire conservation status and preparation of management activities for priority mires" we evaluated conservation status in seventeen mires in protected nature areas. We used data forms prepared for mire inventory in Latvia as well as we inspected ditches and measured their key parameters, e.g. width, depth to water table etc. Majority of our inventory objects were raised bogs. The results of inventory showed that all bogs are more or less drainage influenced. Still the largest part of each raised bog still corresponded to the Annex I habitat type 7110* Active raised bogs. The mire parameters we recorded included characteristic species, mire microrelief forms, landscape elements as well as impacts. Hummock–...
24.03.2017
Project climate language is supported by financial mechanism of European Economic Area, within which Latvian 4H have established the experiment descriptions and videos, training materials. There have been "party with scientists", within witch we was telling and showing both to Latvian 4H members and students, what is climate change and why we should talk, think and worry about it? We are developing the guidelines about that what can be done in nature, what can be seen in it and why should we go in nature?   Our achievements: In autumn we started natural observations, involving Latvian society as a whole, as well as the direct Latvian 4HTarget groups - students. Flash mob "Radi klasi" (what means show class) took place till 9th of September...
15.02.2016
The Latvian Fund for Nature has chosen reeds to be the habitat of the year 2016. Reeds are an important living place for various bird, fish, amphibian and invertebrates species. Reeds can be found almost in every lake in Latvia; however, the biggest arrays of reeds are located in coastal region lakes – for example, in the Engure, Pape, Kaniera lakes and others. Since the reeds grow rapidly and they squeeze out other plants, there are lakes where due to the overgrowth the reed area has increased rapidly. One of the main reasons for the overgrowth is that additional nutrients flow into the lakes. Leakage from agricultural lands could especially advance this inflow. Lowering of a lake’s water level also advances the development of reeds....
21.01.2016
This autumn a part of river Norina was restored – from the former mill to the mouth of the river Salaca. Restoration of the river ended on October 15 with a joint work. Cleanup was attended by representatives of the Latvian Fund for Nature, the Nature Protection Board as well as other nature lovers. During the cleanup the former mill dam was demolished, thus allowing salmonids to migrate up the river to their spawning grounds. This was a historic moment as the fish had not been able to go upstream due to the dam for around 100 years. River Norina is about 11 kilometers long left bank tributary of the river Salaca. The river is located in Salaca Valley Nature Park. The restoration of salmonid migration path in river Norina is particularly...
23.10.2015
On the second day of the conference participants were discussing ecosystem services, sharing knowledge of ecosystem service evaluation in various EU countries and stressing the importance of nature capital to economy and existence of humankind. Konstantin Kreiser, BirdLife representative, shared his findings acquired while working on the midterm evaluation of the BirdLife EU Biodiversity Strategy 2020. He acknowledged that it is still possible to reach the goals set in the strategy, provided that we focused on a better EU nature legislation implementation, restoration of ecosystems, species and habitats and made serious „changes to the course” regarding the common agriculture policy in order to foster reaching of the goals of the...
28.05.2015
What is the problem? What is the link to local policy?  In Switzerland, beekeeping is mainly a hobby which is of high importance for the country’s plant diversity and agricultural production. However, beekeepers are generally not rewarded for the services that they provide. The number of beekeepers and bee colonies have strongly decreased. Today, the average density of the bee population in Switzerland is considered to be adequate enough to still assure a sufficient pollination of cultivated and wild plants. However, there are regions which have been hit hard by mass mortalities of bees in the last few years. In such areas, bee populations have already reached a critical mass. Which ecosystem services were considered and how? Fluri and...
26.05.2015
Riga, 25 May 2015. On 26-27 May – at the time, when Latvia holds the Presidency of the Council of the EU – an international Conference on the “EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020 - implementation” will be organised in Riga. It is organised by the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development. The conference will be attended by more than 150 participants from all EU countries, representing both, governmental and non-governmental sector. The Conference will take place at the National Library. The participation of non-governmental organisations at the conference is organised by Latvian Fund for Nature, in cooperation with European Environmental Bureau (EEB). Wide network of NGOs will be represented at the conference that will...
25.05.2015
This week during a public statement the European Environmental Bureau has censured the European Commission's "Better Regulation" package. The statement emphasizes that this initiative will not only harm the European citizens but also European democracy as a whole. In the statement released on May 19, Jeremy Wates, Secretary General of the European Environmental Bureau, said: "Juncker's (EC President) Political Guidelines do nothing to address environmental issues except climate change. This deal is not about better regulation, it is about less regulation." In Wates' words, better regulation should mean a transparent, efficient and democratic law-making process aimed at making sustainable development the overarching priority of the European...
22.05.2015
On May 21, The European Commission published European Union Report "EU State of Nature" presenting the largest collaborative data-collection and assessment of nature ever undertaken across the Member States in the period 2007-2012. The report is the first large scale assessment to cover both Birds and Habitats Directives and their impact on nature protection. The main conclusion of the report can be summed up in one sentence: targeted conservation actions in the EU have brought good results in protecting birds and biodiversity, but a much greater emphasis and effort is required for the situation to improve in the future. Looking at birds, the report concludes that 52 % of all bird species have a secure status (the population is...
22.05.2015
Since mid-May, more than 90 European nature non-governmental organisations call on European citizens to express their views to the European Commission on the need to protect natural values. Such activity is caused by European Commission's initiative to review the nature protection legislation and nature organisations consider this initiative a threat to biodiversity conservation in Europe. ACT NOW! The internet campaign called "Nature alert" will enable citizens from the 28 EU countries to participate in European Commission public consultation and express support for request to save the laws that ensure conservation of natural values. The campaign is organised and coordinated by international nature protection non-governmental...
21.05.2015