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The final event of “LIFE Viva Grass“ project


On February 27-28, 2019 – the final event of “LIFE Viva Grass project” was organized in Vilnius, Lithuania. During the conference we presented the Integrated planning tool, which was created during the project to map and assess grassland ecosystem services and help integrate the ecosystem service approach into decision making in the three Baltic countries: […]

LIFE Viva Grass team participated at the Ecosystem Service Partnership European Conference 2018


October 15-19, 2018 LIFE Viva Grass team participated at the Ecosystem Service Partnership (ESP) European Conference 2018 in San Sebastian, Spain. On 17 October the LIFE Viva Grass project hold one the thematic working group session “Ways of embedding the concept of ecosystem services into decision making processes for better agricultural land management”, co-chaired by […]

Project experts participating in the “Baltic Esri User Conference”

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On October 17-18, 2018 LIFE Viva Grass project experts Dana Prižavoite (Baltic Environmental Forum-Latvia) and Ivo Vinogradovs (University of Latvia) will participate in the “Baltic Esri User Conference”, in Riga, Latvia. This is the first joint Baltic level GIS Community Conference to share and gain experience, expertise and insights with specialists and sector Leaders! On October […]

Planners’ training and visitor day in Saaremaa, September 19, 2018


On September 19th, 2018 a training for planners took place in Nasva Klubi, Saaremaa, followed by visiting alvars on Vätta peninsula restored in the frame of the Life to Alvars project. The training was carried out by Kalev Sepp from Estonian University of Life Sciences and it included the following topics: Planning of green network […]

Project session in ESP regional conference 2018


The ESP Europe Regional Conference is part of the bi-annual cycle of ESP regional conferences around the globe and this conference welcomes anyone interested in ecosystem services, but especially focuses on the science-policy-practice nexus and uptake within Europe. Conference location: San Sebastián, Spain; 15-19 October 2018; theme: Ecosystem services in a changing world: moving from […]

LIFE Viva Grass round table meeting in Tallinn, September 13, 2018


On September 13, 2018 a round table meeting took place in Tallinn, gathering 14 participants from institutions and organisations dealing with ecosystem services, planning and/or grassland management, including Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Finance, Statistics Estonia, Environmental Board, Environmental Agency, Agricultural Research Centre, University of Life Sciences, Environmental Investment Centre, Fund for Nature and Baltic […]

The second edition of birding guide to Nemunas delta region published


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 […]

Open day event in Madliena


July 7, 2018. The aim of the event was to get acquainted with another good examples of grassland management and grasslands provided ecosystem services. At the beginning of the day we visited farm in Vērene, Madliena parish, farmers Māra and Einārs introduced with their farm – goats and rabbits and grassland maintenance practices. This is […]

Kurese amazed people with its natural and cultural heritage


On Sunday, 3rd of June the third LIFE Viva Grass visitor day took place in Kurese Nature Farm and its surroundings. The event was organised in co-operation with Looduse Omnibuss (Nature Omnibus) that brought ca 50 interested people from Tallinn to Kurese. The visitor day included an excursion to the former Kurese village with its […]

Seminar materials “Integrating ecosystem service concept into spatial planning – for sustainable land-use in grasslands and beyond”


On May 16-18, 2018 LIFE Viva Grass project held a very successful  seminar “Integrating ecosystem service concept into spatial planning – for sustainable land-use in grasslands and beyond”, Sigulda, Latvia. 2 sessions were held on May 16, 2018 – “Spatial information obtained through ES mapping and assessment as input land-use planning and decision making” and “Contribution […]

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, […]

Open day event in Vaive, Cēsis district


May 5, 2018 Vaive parish (Cēsis district) – everybody was invited to the open day event of LIFE Viva Grass project, held in the frame of the annual info campaign “Day in country side”. LIFE Viva Grass project experts from Baltic Environmental Forum-Latvia and Cēsis municipality offered various activities to inform, involve and educate about […]

REGISTRATION IS OPEN: international seminar on integrating ecosystem service concept into spatial planning

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By keeping a well-started tradition to organize acknowledged, interesting and wholesome international events in spring, the LIFE Viva Grass project invites to the seminar “Integrating ecosystem service concept into spatial planning – for sustainable land-use in grasslands and beyond”, to be held in Sigulda, Latvia, May 16-18, 2018. This time, attention, discussions and exchange of […]

Seminar “Use of GIS planning tool for prioritization of landscape management – Cēsis district example”


February 20, 2018. Seminar “Use of GIS planning tool for prioritization of landscape management – example of Cēsis district”. Planners, project LIFE Viva Grass experts from Baltic Environmental Forum-Latvia and University of Latvia, representatives from Vaive municipality and tourism specialists took part in the seminar with the aim to look at the landscape in the context […]

The first birding guide in Lithuania invites to Nemunas delta


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 […]

New publications available

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In the frame of the project a new brochure “KEEPING COUNTRYSIDE ALIVE – GRASSLANDS FOR HUMAN WELL-BEING” prepared. In this publication we provide inspirational examples how grasslands can be used differently to deliver benefits for social and economic life of local communities in the Baltic States while at the same time, they do not harm the […]

Second discussion forum held on cooperation and experience exchange on ecosystem services assessment


October 27, 2017 -seminar and discussion forum “Cooperation and experience exchange about ecosystem services evaluation in Latvia” was held in Riga by gathering more than 50 representatives from various state institutions, municipalities, scientific organisations, experts and people interested in the topic. Project expert from university of Latvia Ivo Vinogradovs participated with the presentation: mapping of the […]