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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: […]

LIFE Viva Grass presented at LIFE Nordic Platform Meeting

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On 19 April LIFE Viva Grass was presented on the annual LIFE Nordic Platform Meeting, hosted this year by RECLAIM (LIFE11 NAT/SE/000848), held in Örebro county, Sweden. All Nordic LIFE Nature projects were welcome to the platform meeting, which provides a forum to network, share experiences, and discuss solutions to shared problems. The event included […]

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 […]

LIFE platform meeting on ecosystem services, May 2017

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Ecosystems provide countless and essential benefits to humanity, such as food, clean water and clean air. Assigning financial values to ecosystem services – and incorporating them into land management and conservation decision-making – can complement traditional approaches to preventing biodiversity loss. The European Commission’s LIFE programme unit and the Baltic Environmental Forum are organising with […]

Visitor day in Dubysa, January 2017

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In January 14 more that hundred of participants gathered to visitor day in Pasesuvis landscape reserve. Visitors were invited to get to know more about grasslands, ecosystem services they provide and other nature treasure the territory offers. At this time of the year one grassland ecosystems service is more than obvious – visitors could enjoy […]

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 […]

LIFE Viva Grass info-stand welcomes visitors in Kurese farm, October 2016

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In the beginning of October 2016 already the second LIFE information stand in Estonia was installed – this time in Kurese nature farm. It is introducing Kurese Nature Farm and its natural and cultural values related to semi-natural habitats as well as ecosystem services of grasslands. Kurese is located on  landscape protection area which belongs to […]

International conference “Local communities, cultural landscapes and heritage”, October 2016

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In 6-8 October „LIFE Viva Grass” team will present the project for various stakeholders in the international conference “Local communities, cultural landscapes and heritage“ in Lahemaa National Park.  This event is organized by Environmental Board of Estonia in cooperation with Estonian University of Life Sciences, Estonian Academy of Arts and ICOMOS Estonia. The conference is […]

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 […]

A village day in Leedri, Estonia, July 2016

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July 9, 2016 a village day was organised in Leedri, Estonia. It was already fourth time to host such an event called a Juniper’s Day. This year it was organised in collaboration with LIFE Viva Grass project. The topic of the event was „Green meadows“ – importance and value of grasslands. Visitors had a chance […]

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 […]

Norwegian ornitologists: Nemunas delta has huge potential, June 2016

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Norwegian ornithologists that visited Nemunas delta and Lithuanian coastline at the end of June claimed that most of them had came to Lithuania for the first time and had been amazed by rich wildlife, high food quality and low prices. “You have such a rich diversity of plants, insects and birds that in most countries […]

Kurese farm welcomed visitors on Natura 2000 day, May 2016

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May 21, 2016, the European Natura 2000 day: the first visitor day in the framework of the LIFE Viva Grass project took place in Kurese pilot area, Estonia. More than 20 people took part in the event, including several local entrepreneurs with their families as well as the chairman of the local municipal council. The […]

Seminar on nature conservation issues in Lääne county, Estonia, May 2016

In april 25, 2016 Merle Kuris from BEF Estonia participated in a nature conservation seminar in Lääne County and introduced good examples related to management of grasslands from different EU countries based on information collected during LIFE VIVA Grass study tours. Also the brochure “Viable grassland management – experience, challenges and opportunities” was distributed in […]