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The tender is closed, and the contract will be signed with Traci Birge (Finland). Latvian Fund for Nature is looking for a consultant to assist the GrassLIFE project in producing a desk study on grasslands, biodiversity and business. Please find the full description of the task (technical specification) and requirements for the consultant here.Deadline for completing the study: 15 March 2019. Consultants are asked to provide the following documentation when applying with the bid: CV confirming the experience of the expert in the field Short description of the proposed methodology to undertake the study (including sub-tasks 1-2 as obligatory component, and sub-task 3 as optional) Price offer The most cost-efficient bid will be selected,...
21.08.2018
Internship in Latvian Fund for Nature – ornithologist for working with Lesser Spotted Eagle management Description Latvian Fund for Nature offers an internship position for natural sciences Master student interested in working with birds of prey. You will have an opportunity to participate in a project LIFE AQPOM that is a nation-wide species protection project, dealing with Lesser Spotted Eagle, an EU priority bird species. Intern will be provided with the initial training upon starting the internship and afterwards tasked with species inventory work under a supervision of an experienced bird expert. The main tasks will be assisting in field works (monitoring of breeding success, searching for nests, assisting in building of artificial...
17.08.2018
Internship in Latvian Fund for Nature – management of mobile grazing herds for grassland restoration Description Latvian Fund for Nature offers two internship positions for natural sciences or agricultural sciences students interested in working with grazing management, cattle and sheep management and pasture management in the field. You will have an opportunity to participate in the project GrassLIFE, which is a nation-wide grassland restoration project, dealing with EU priority grassland habitats. One of the grassland restoration means applied in the project are innovative mobile grazing herds consisting of Galloway cattle and sheep that are transported all over county to ensure the grazing in most remote and abandoned grasslands....
17.08.2018
Description Latvian Fund for Nature offers two internship positions for natural sciences Master students interested in working with grassland habitat mapping, inventories, planning, and management and restoration activities in the field. You will have an opportunity to participate in the project GrassLIFE, which is a nation-wide grassland restoration project, dealing with EU priority grassland habitats. Interns will be provided with the initial training in EU habitat mapping and management/restoration assessment upon starting the internship and afterwards tasked with independent work under a supervision of an experienced grassland habitat expert. The work will involve extensive field work, sometimes camping in the field, working outdoors...
17.08.2018
Latvian Fund for Nature and it's project GrassLIFE is co-hosting one of the workshops in the series of biogeographical seminars for grasslands in Boreal region. The series was initiated by the Boreal Grassland Group running in the framework of the European commission’s Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process. Previous workshop of the Boreal Grassland Group was held in Muhu, Estonia in October, 2017. The next event is planned in October 2018, in Estonia. The workshop “The role of Rural Development Programmes in supporting semi-natural grassland management in Boreal countries” will take place on 26–27 July, 2018 in Latvia. The event is organized by the Latvian Fund for Nature (GrassLIFE project LIFE16NAT/LV/262) and Estonian Semi-natural...
06.07.2018
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...
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