COSTING THE EARTH? – TRANSLATING THE ECOSYSTEM SERVICES CONCEPT INTO PRACTICAL DECISION MAKING, MAY 2017

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EU LIFE Programme together with LIFE Viva Grass project held an Ecosystem Services Platform meeting “COSTING THE EARTH? – translating the ecosystem services concept into practical decision making” from 10th to 12th of May in Tallinn, Estonia. Thank you for all the participants! Presentations from the event are available and downloadable here. Please find also: […]

Stakeholder meeting in Madliena – perspectives of grassland management and use of gained benefits, March 2017

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On March 25, 2017 next stakeholder event was held in Madliena in order to to involve land owners, inhabitants and other interested parties in the discussion on individual and social benefits gained from grasslands and pastures in Madliena parish. At the beginning Baltic Environmental Forum experts presented the summary information (maps, statistics) regarding the grasslands […]

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE “LOCAL COMMUNITIES, CULTURAL LANDSCAPES AND HERITAGE”, OCTOBER 2016

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International conference “Local communities, cultural landscapes and heritage“,  October 6-8, 2016 was held in Estonia, Lahemaa National Park manors and villages organised by the Environmental Board of Estonia in cooperation with Estonian University of Life Sciences, Estonian Academy of Arts and ICOMOS Estonia. The conference was dedicated to Lahemaa National Park’s 45th anniversary. During the first day of […]

International conference “Helping nature to help us”, September 2016

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Conference was held in Antwerp, Belgium, September 19-22, 2015 and the theme “Helping nature to help us” focused on the important role that healthy ecosystems play in supporting human well-being and the protection of nature. This conference was the biggest European event in 2016 that linked science, policy and practice on ecosystem services and natural […]

Visitors day in Cēsis district, August 2016

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August 19, 2016 – the open day event was held in Cēsis district with the aim to introduce the participants to the project area, implemented management activities and elaboration of the landscape management plan with particular emphasis on opening the information stand and introduction to landscapes of the municipality. A special bus tour was organised within […]

Visitors day in Madliena, July 2016

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July 23, 2016: the event was held aiming to introduce the participants to the project area. At the beginning a specially prepared informative notice board in the form of the book, called “Meadow book” was presented, so the participants had possibility to get acquainted with information about the semi-natural grasslands, ecosystem services provided by grasslands […]

Visitors day in “Kalnāju ferma”, June 2016

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June 23, 2016: the event was held aiming to introduce the participants to the project area, implemented management activities and further plans. At the beginning, farmer Evija Dambekalne introduced the participants with basic information about the farm, its features, interest to apply sustainable, nature friendly farming practice in order to maintain the landscape and biological […]

Morning in the meadow, June 2016

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June 6, 2016: educational and interactive seminar on grasslands, their management and restoration for the youth of Cēsis municipality was held in Rāmuļi primary school, Vaive parish. The aim of the event was to inform the participants about grassland importance and also involve them into practical interactive activities. At the beginning, E. Bojārs offered an […]

Forest and meadow day in Madliena, April 2016

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April 29, 2016: the informative seminar “Forest and meadow day 2016” was held in Madliena . Already from 9:00 everybody was invited to participate in the interactive outdoor activities to find out about the life of trees and meadows, to search the treasures and play thematic games. But later – from 13:00 – the informative […]

Natural grasslands in Latvia: perspectives and management, April 2016

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April 25, 2016: the first “round table” seminar was held in Riga, Academic Center for Natural Sciences of the University of Latvia. The aim of the event was to inform participants about the progress of the LIFE Viva Grass project implementation: assessment and evaluation of grassland ecosystem services in Cēsis municipality; problems, solutions and possibilities for the long-term […]

Forest and meadow day 2016 in Madliena

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The informative seminar “Forest and meadow day 2016” will be held in Madliena, on April 29, 2016 . Already from 9:00 everybody is invited to participate in the interactive outdoor activities to find out about the life of trees and meadows, to search the treasures and play thematic games. But later – from 13:00 – […]

The meadows breakfast in Krape parish, October 2015

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October 19, 2015: the discussion in Krape parish was organised as an introductory discussion for the series of round table discussions where business scenarios by managing grasslands and evaluation of ecosystem services have to be explored and discussed. This was the first round table discussion on business opportunities. The aim was to explore the experience […]

International Seminar “Enhancing Economic viability of Grasslands by Green Farming in Europe”, May 2015

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May 27-29, 2015: a creative think tank exchange seminar “Enhancing Economic viability of Grasslands by Green Farming in Europe” took place  in Kandava Municipality, Latvia. LIFE Viva Grass project is aiming to support maintenance of biodiversity and ecosystem services provided by grasslands through encouraging ecosystem based planning and economically viable grassland management. In frame of this […]

The meadows breakfast in Madliena, April 2015

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April 11, 2015: stakeholders event was organised in order to establish contacts to the interested stakeholders, to find out their understanding on state of art on grasslands and on their management, explain what we are doing in the project and to clarify their expectations. This event served also as the introductory event of the LIFE […]