Save the dates for the final event of “LIFE Viva Grass“ project

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February 6-7, 2019 – the final event of LIFE Viva Grass project will be organized in Vilnius, Lithuania. During this event, active discussions about ecosystem services of grasslands, integrated planning and ecosystem service assesment will take place. The organizers will also introduce the Integrated Planning Tool and it‘s different applications, that can help to make […]

The second edition of birding guide to Nemunas delta region published

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After huge interest in newly published book “Birding in Lithuania, Nemunas delta region”, the second edition was released. This time, much more copies were printed (2000 copies in English and 1000 copies in Lithuanian). The book is free of charge.  You can get the book after filling a short questionnaire. Authors of the book will […]

Try out Integrated Planning Tool

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The team of the “Life Viva Grass” project presents the Integrated Planning Tool developed by the project. It gives an opportunity to see the benefits that grasslands provide for people from different perspectives and highlights grassland ecosystem services. The concept of ecosystem services is very newly introduced in the Baltic countries –  it is the first time, […]

The first birding guide in Lithuania invites to Nemunas delta

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At the end of January the first birding field guide in Lithuania was presented for the public. Till now there were no such type of publication dedicated for ornithological tourists. It invites to choose Nemunas delta as your next birding destination. “The Nemunas delta region, no doubt, is the most important site in Lithuania for […]

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 […]

Experience Pašešuvis Landscape Reserve by hiking

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September 30, 2017 – nature and hiking lovers were invited to 15 km long hike in Pašešuvis Landscape Reserve. All participants had the opportunity to see Pašešuvis and Kairiškės manors, Molavėnų archeological complex, Lūgas spring and a lot more wonderful elements of the landscape. Hitch hikers also have been able to take a look at […]

Birdwatching event in bird paradise, Nemunas delta

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September 30 – October 1, 2017  are special days for birdwatchers and ornithologists all over Europe. On these days the annual bird’s migration is being observed internationally. On this special day all nature lovers, bird watchers, amateurs, professionals or just interested people were invited to Ventė Cape to attend the visitor day. More than 200 […]

Meeting about ecosystem service assesment in Lithuania

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September 21, 2017  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 […]

Visitor day invited to experience Vilnius grasslands

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September 15, 2017 – Pavilniai and Verkiai regional park directorate invited nature lovers to the visitor day, dedicated to grasslands. First of all, all participants had a lecture about importance of grassland ecosystems for humans. Moreover, participants were introduced to rare meadow plants, birds that are nesting and hatching their offspring in these particular habitats. This […]

Visitor day in Dubysa regional park “Pharmacy under your feet”

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June 22, 2017 –  everybody, that ever wanted to know about medical herbs, how and where to finds them, were invited to visitor day in Dubysa regional park. Participants not only had a lecture about herbs, but could use fresh knowledge in order to collect them during the hike. They also visited Padubysis hill fort […]

Active discussion about development of nature tourism in Nemunas delta

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June 2, 2017 – 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 […]

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 […]

LIFE Viva Grass presented at LIFE Nordic Platform Meeting

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April 19, 2017  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 a […]

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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January 14, 2017 – 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 […]

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 […]