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About wetlands

A wetland is an area that is excessively wet or covered with a shallow layer of water. Wetlands include floodplain meadows, fens, raised bogs, coastal grasslands, naturally flooded forests and other habitats where land and water meet, including artificial wetlands. 

About the project

Project objective

Main objective of the project is to restore two large wetland complexes and the ecosystem functions in three Natura 2000 territories in Latvia and Lithuania. 

Specific objectives

  1. To restore hydrological regime (790 ha: 160 ha in LV and 630 ha in LT) that would lead to favourable conditions for conservation and management of habitats and species of EU importance;
  2. To restore habitats of EU importance on 1080 ha (580 ha of 6450 restored in LV to favourable conservation status and 500 ha of habitats created in LT (7140, 7160, 7230, 6270));
  3. To remove the risk of repeated overgrowing by introducing a long-term grazing management system on all restored areas (1324 ha);
  4. To restore large-scale nature areas on 1460 ha that host breeding, staging and feeding habitats for wide range of wetland species, for example: Gallinago media (to reach 38-55), Porzana porzana (to reach 10-18), Cyanecula svecica (to reach 5-10), Bombina bombina (to reach 400-500) and Triturus cristatus (to reach 50-100), see details in Form B2a;
  5. To demonstrate the value of fully functional natural ecosystems to the improved economic revenues in farming (ecosystem services) on three different Natura 2000 sites;
  6. To pilot and gain knowledge on the effects of different grazing regimes on the target species and habitats, and share this knowledge on Boreal and EU level;
  7. To promote extensive grazing as an effective and self-sustaining conservation model in the Natura 2000 areas;
  8. To develop project areas as nature tourism destination areas, and to promote a multi-functional use of the Natura 2000 areas; and
  9. To raise awareness on Natura 2000 in the regions and its value in contributing to the regional development of less developed areas.

Project sites

Floodplain of Sita and Pededze

Floodplain of Sita and Pededze

Lubāns wetland complex

Lubāns wetland complex

Baltoji Voke wetland complex

Baltoji Voke wetland complex

Project partners

Latvian Fund for Nature (LV)

Latvian Fund for Nature (LV)

Baltic Environment Forum (LT)

Baltic Environment Forum (LT)

Friedrich Haase, LTD "FRIEDRICH HAASE"

Friedrich Haase, LTD "FRIEDRICH HAASE"

Jurijs Prokofjevs, LTD "Sita Nature park"

Jurijs Prokofjevs, LTD "Sita Nature park"

Ivars Silkāns, LTD "Tīravoti"

Ivars Silkāns, LTD "Tīravoti"

Mareks Pušpurs, LTD "M.M.P Vest"

Mareks Pušpurs, LTD "M.M.P Vest"

Valdas Balčiūnas, "Pievu Pauksciai"

Valdas Balčiūnas, "Pievu Pauksciai"

Activities

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A Preparatory actions and plans

A.1. Preparing for restoration: Management and restoration plan development

To guide the restoration of the hydrological regime in Lithuania’s Baltoji Voke wetlands and Latvia’s Grīvu sala, plans outlining technical characteristics and management strategies are being developed.

Baltoji Voke’s Natura 2000 site will receive an updated management plan which identifies stakeholder roles and necessary habitat management measures. To specify the technical details of hydrological restoration, a project containing site assessments and infrastructure plans (such as sluice design and drainage channel maintenance) will be conducted.

A restoration plan and technical design is being created for Grīvu sala, consisting of measurements, drawings and permitting procedures relevant to hydrological restoration.

These plans form the foundation of successful habitat restoration and species conservation.

Activity status: In Progress.

 A.2. Communication Plan and Replication Strategy development

Our Replication Strategy details how to carry over restoration methods and share project knowledge with other restoration efforts, sectors and countries. Assessments will be conducted to identify landowner needs, opportunities and barriers to replicating information and management methods.

Activity status: In Progress.

Our Communication Plan is a resource which clearly states project goals and our visions for project knowledge dissemination and marketing, organized on a timeline. This strategy is complete and may be viewed here.  Visual identity is downloadable here. 

Contacts

Project “LIFE MarshMeadows: Piloting integrated wetland restoration approaches in Latvia and Lithuania”

Project coordinator: Laura Zvingule, Latvian Fund for Nature
E-mail: laura.zvingule@ldf.lv
Adress: Blaumaņa iela 32-8, Rīga LV 1007

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