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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 […]

Forest and meadow day in Madliena, April 2016


April 29, 2016: the informative seminar “Forest and meadow day 2016” was held in Madliena . Already from 9:00 everybody was invited to participate in the interactive outdoor activities to find out about the life of trees and meadows, to search the treasures and play thematic games. But later – from 13:00 – the informative […]

Natural grasslands in Latvia: perspectives and management, April 2016


April 25, 2016: the first “round table” seminar was held in Riga, Academic Center for Natural Sciences of the University of Latvia. The aim of the event was to inform participants about the progress of the LIFE Viva Grass project implementation: assessment and evaluation of grassland ecosystem services in Cēsis municipality; problems, solutions and possibilities for the long-term […]

Forest and meadow day 2016 in Madliena

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The informative seminar “Forest and meadow day 2016” will be held in Madliena, on April 29, 2016 . Already from 9:00 everybody is invited to participate in the interactive outdoor activities to find out about the life of trees and meadows, to search the treasures and play thematic games. But later – from 13:00 – […]

Kurese Farm invites people to enjoy meadows, March 2016


March 31, 2016: Laura Remmelgas and Kai Klein from BEF Estonia visited Kurese Farm that is a pilot area and partner in LIFE Viva Grass project. The owner of Kurese farm, Urmas Vahur showed grasslands waiting for grazing animals, the drilled well established in the frames of the LIFE Viva Grass project as well as […]

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 […]



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, […]

Finding catalytic activity for nature tourism development in Nemunas delta


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


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 […]

The meadows breakfast in Krape parish, October 2015

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October 19, 2015: the discussion in Krape parish was organised as an introductory discussion for the series of round table discussions where business scenarios by managing grasslands and evaluation of ecosystem services have to be explored and discussed. This was the first round table discussion on business opportunities. The aim was to explore the experience […]

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 […]

Baltic study tour in Latvia-Estonia – visiting case study areas


September 9-11, 2015: participants from the three Baltic States attended Baltic study tour in Latvia-Estonia. This study visit aimed to give a chance for partners to visit each other’s case study areas and gather experience on economically viable models for grassland management and the usage of grassland biomass. The following topics were included: meadow management […]

Socially responsible business and innovative farmers wanted for maintenance of meadows in Pavilniai regional park

Round table discussion in Pavilniai, Lithuania

By walking along new picturesque tourist route in Ribiškės reserve, intensive discussion about maintenance of grasslands took place among project team and different stakeholders in 2015 June. Participants enjoyed the results of the implemented restoration works and considered the best possible ways to keep up this beautiful landscape open. It was agreed that Regional Park […]

Stakeholder discussions on semi-natural grassland management problems and possible solutions, May-June 2015


In the end of May and beginning of June 2016 Baltic Environmental Forum Estonia in cooperation with the Estonian University of Life Sciences, Lääne-Saare municipality and Lääne county government organized a row of stakeholder meetings at Lääne-County (May 20, 2016), Lääne-Saare municipality (May 13, 2016) and in Tallinn (June 1, 2016) to discuss problems and possible solutions […]

International Seminar “Enhancing Economic viability of Grasslands by Green Farming in Europe”, May 2015


May 27-29, 2015: a creative think tank exchange seminar “Enhancing Economic viability of Grasslands by Green Farming in Europe” took place  in Kandava Municipality, Latvia. Thank you for your contribution! AGENDA EVENT REPORT PICTURES Presentations from the event are available and downloadable here: DAY 1 Heidrun Fammler, Baltic Environmental Forum Introduction: Enhancing Economic viability of […]

Attempt to inspire farmers In Dubysa regional park

Round table discussion in Dubysa, Lithuania

Farmers, authorities and nature conservationists met to discuss how to improve grassland maintenance in Dubysa regional park. Representative from the Regional Park identified the main problems of meadow abandonment. It is small land plots, miscommunication with the National Land Service and its misleading interpretation of legal acts and maintenance problems of meadows, which are located […]

Celebrating NATURA 2000 Day with an international seminar on green farming


“Natura 2000 is one of the European Union’s outstanding achievements” – EU Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik On 21 May 1992, the Habitats Directive came into force. This measure, coupled with the 1979 Birds Directive, is a foundation stone of the EU’s Biodiversity Strategy and the Natura 2000 network. Biodiversity refers to the variety of life […]