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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 […]

Project presented in the 2nd Baltic Networking Event in Pärnu, Estonia

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September 28-29, 2017. The networking event brought together 15 representatives of LIFE projects, including representatives of capacity projects from Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, as well as Lithuanian and Estonian LIFE Programme national contact points. The aim of the event was to provide space for sharing experiences and good practices concerning project implementation in the Baltic […]

In Saaremaa it was discussed why and how to take account of ecosystem services in environmental management and spatial planning

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September 26, 2017 a seminar on “Integrating ecosystem services into environmental management and planning process” took place in Saaremaa Nasva club in the frame of the LIFE Viva Grass project. The seminar focussed on grasslands but also more general questions were addressed, including: why we should map and assess ecosystem services, what are relevant EU […]

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 […]

Kurese opened doors for visitors

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July 20, 2017 – second visitor day took place in Kurese nature farm where cultural and natural values of the area were introduced to the participants. Kurese nature farm is located in Kurese landscape protection area, which is part of Natura 2000 network. The area includes diverse semi-natural habitats (from dry alvars to alcaline fens) […]

Open day event in Cēsis in the frame of the conversation festival Lampa

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July 1, 2017 – the aim of the interactive event held in close cooperation with the Latvian Fund for Nature was to introduce wider public with grassland ecosystem services, raise the discussion about grasslands provided ecosystem services and importance in everyday’s life as well as offer the option to vote for self-important meadow goods. At […]

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 […]

Project presented among other LIFE projects in Tallinn

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June 13, 2017 -EU Nature Directive and LIFE program 25th anniversary event took place in Tallinn, Estonia. The main goal was to discuss challenges and opportunities for implementing EU Nature Directive and how LIFE program could be used for that. Even though the main focus of the event was on nature conservation issues, different kind […]

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 […]

Seminar “Actualities for rural people“ held in Cēsis

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April 25, 2017. Aim of the event was to introduce local stakeholders with the actualities applying for the direct payments in 2017 (Rural Support Service) as well as with the LIFE Viva Grass project‘s latest achievements. Project expert A.Ruskule presented the Integrated planning tool and possibilities to use it for landscape planning. Project expert E.Bojārs […]

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 […]

Discussion forum on cooperation and experience exchange on ES assessment, January 2017

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January 17, 2017 – the second “round table” seminar was held in order to discuss a cooperation and experience exchange on ecosystem services assessment in Latvia. The idea of meeting was to initiate discussion for ecosystem services assessment methodology application in Latvia and share knowledge and experience about ecosystem services evaluation in different areas of […]

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 […]