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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Think tank meeting on grasslands management problems and future perspectives


December 2, 2017. By carrying on the series of meetings with Madliena parish stakeholder core group this time the meeting was held with the aim to discuss ecosystem service significance on human welfare. Project partner – University of Latvia, Faculty of Geography and Earth Sciences – hosted the event in their premises and project expert Raimonds Kasparinskis […]

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 […]

Experience Pašešuvis Landscape Reserve by hiking


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


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 […]

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


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


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


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


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) […]