Project partner: Lääne-Saare municipality
Lääne-Saare Municipality was established on 05.01.2015, joining former Lümanda, Kaarma and Kärla Municipalities. Lääne-Saare Municipality is located in West-Estonia, in Saare County, in western part of Saaremaa Island. Number of inhabitants is 7242 (01.01.2015), the municipality includes 4 hamlets and 111 villages.
Lääne-Saare Municipality council and government form a local self-government that is leading and directing local development, including compilation of the local development plan and local spatial plans. The economy in Lääne-Saare Municipality is characterised by drawing on the local raw materials and clean nature. Agricultural sector consists of dairy cattle, sheep and maintenance of landscapes. Tourism entrepreneurs offer wide selection of services and activities.
Lääne-Saare Municipality is the most western municipality in Saaremaa island and also in the whole Estonia, with the total area of 809,3 km². The coastal landscape includes coastal lakes and lagoons, alvars, wooded meadows and coastal meadows. 1/4 of the territory of the municipality belongs to different protected areas, two of which have national importance: Viidumäe Nature Protection Area (focused on protection of diversity of flora) and Vilsandi National Park (dedicated to protection of birds, seals and coastal landscape).
Lääne-Saare Municipality took over the responsibilities of the Lümanda Municipality in the LIFE Viva Grass project. The project area remained the same – the territory of the former Lümanda Municipality, which is 199 km². Lääne-Saare Municipality is contributing to the development of the integrated planning tool from the local government perspective and will test the tool by implementing it through its strategic planning processes. The main interest of Lääne-Saare Municipality is to preserve its nature values and to gain more knowledge on grasslands’ economic growth potential for the local society.