Integrated planning tool

Integrated planning tool developed within the project aims on helping to make decisions for sustainable grassland management by strengthening linkages between social, economic, environmental, agricultural fields and policies. The tool works on GIS (geographic information system) based environment and incorporates ecosystem services as well as socio-economic parameters.   Project team have already made the first […]

Terms of the tool

Synergies |Bundle Nature and ecosystems provide a number of benefits to humans through ecosystem processes, i.e. water infiltration in soils or nutrient uptake by plant roots. This set of benefits are what we call Ecosystem Services. However, not all ecosystem services occur together in the same location and time. On the other hand, certain ecosystem […]

Meeting about ecosystem service assesment in Lithuania

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On September 21 specialists from project team and Ministry of Environment met to discuss possibilities for the ecosystem services assessment in Lithuania. Project team presented their results, methodology used for ecosystem service assessment and the integrated planning tool which is under development. Participants of the meeting discussed application of those results when making general ecosystem […]

Active discussion about development of nature tourism in Nemunas delta

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In June 2 more than 20 different stakeholders met for a discussion about nature tourism in Nemunas delta. The Minister of the Environment Kęstutis Navickas and the mayor of Šilutė district Vytautas Laurinaitis were among them. The name of the discussion “Development of nature tourism destination in Nemunas delta – claptrap or strategic direction of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 your contribution! EVENT REPORT PICTURES Presentations from the event are available and downloadable here: DAY […]

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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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 […]

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 […]

The concept of ecosystem service assessment

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What is my benefit from the meadow? This is the question we should ask if we look at the grassland from the anthropocentric or ecosystem services based perspective. Even thought, grassland ecosystem provides humans with public goods (or services) that serves people existence (e.g. water, food, CO2 absorption, pollination), it is  difficult to understand the […]

Stakeholder meetings in Estonian demo areas, January-February 2016

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January 29/ February 3, 2016 a second round of case study area meetings was held in Estonia. The meeting in Lääne county took place on January 29 and on February 3 similar meeting was held in Lääne-Saare municipality. Both meetings were targeted at local environmental, planning and development experts with the aim to introduce LIFE […]

BROCHURE about VIABLE GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT released

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The brochure “Viable grassland management – experience, challenges and opportunities” summarises the information on existing good practice and provides some recommendations for the Baltic States to overcome the challenges related to the maintenance of valuable semi-natural grasslands. The brochure has been compiled by the LIFE Viva Grass project team based on study visits to UK, Sweden, Germany, Austria, […]

Establishing an active stakeholders’ network for grassland maintenance in Lithuania, June-December 2015

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Grassland maintenance in a territory requires different stakeholders to be involved in making a decision about the best possible solutions for grassland management in the concrete area. In order to make the maintenance of the grassland long lasting, all aspects (natural, socio-economic) should be taken into consideration. Trying to map the understanding of the state […]

Finding catalytic activity for nature tourism development in Nemunas delta

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Different stakeholders met in Šilutė to discuss grassland maintenance in Nemunas delta. This area is known to have a huge potential for nature tourism. Despite, something is missing to an area to become top quality nature tourism destination and to demonstrate the clear link between grassland protection and income from tourism. This something could be […]

Principles of how to improve the agri-environmental measures discussed in Lithuania, October 2015

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In October, specialists of State Service for Protected Areas, Ministry of Environment, Žuvintas Biosphere Reserve, Viešvilė State Nature Reserve and Baltic Environmental Forum Lithuania discussed the principles of how to improve one action specified in agri-environmental measure of Rural Development Programme (RDP) that deals with maintenance of specific meadows. It is planned to distinguish specific […]

Visitors are already enjoying renewed Ribiškių reserve

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September 27, 2015: Ribiškių hills were covered with people, as visitors from the capital were excited to try out the new 6km-long hiking trail. The trail was built across the territories landscaped as a part of “LIFE Viva Grass” project. The trail in Ribiškių erosive highlands area takes the visitors through exceptionally hilly, and therefore […]