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!
Presentations from the event are available and downloadable here:
Heidrun Fammler, Baltic Environmental Forum
Anda Ruskule, Baltic Environmental Forum Latvia
Argo Peepson, University of Life science
Paul Silcock, economist and director at Cumulus Consultants Ltd
Oisin Murnion, Extensive Grazier in N.Ireland /chair Red Meat Association SDA
Hans Heinhuis, Leisurelands Ltd.
Henk Ritzema, grassland hydrology expert, Wageningen University
Raymond Schrijver, economist and expert on extensive grazing, ALTERRA
Paulo Castro, former director Penez Geres National Park
LIFE Viva Grass project is aiming to support maintenance of biodiversity and ecosystem services provided by grasslands through encouraging ecosystem based planning and economically viable grassland management. In frame of this challenging project a series international seminars on different aspects of grassland management and economic development will be held.
The goals of the seminar:
1. To discuss among Baltic and international experts on sustainable management for HNV grasslands
- To identify opportunities for making “green” farming economically sustainable in the Baltic States;
- To discuss key obstacles (political, social, economic, socio-economic, physical-geographical) for HNV grasslands management;
- To get ideas of benefit of ecosystem based planning approach.
2. To reflect on the Baltic situation at the periphery of the North-Eastern Europe;
3.To link LIFE Viva Grass project outputs to Rural Development Programmes and learn how the measures work in different countries;
4. To introduce LIFE Viva Grass project and get feedback on project ideas and approaches.