Please update your browser

You are using old browser version, which is not technically supported. That way some functions maybe are not available or aren't working right. Using information bellow please update or use another browser.

Free browsers - all browsers provide the same base functions and are easy to use. Choose which browser do you want to download:

  • Bringing neighbours closer

    Bringing neighbours closer

    Welcome to the Interreg V-A Latvia–Lithuania Programme 2014–2020!

    About the programme
  • Bringing neighbours closer

    Bringing neighbours closer

    Welcome to the Interreg V-A Latvia–Lithuania Programme 2014–2020!

  • Bringing neighbours closer

    Bringing neighbours closer

    Welcome to the Interreg V-A Latvia–Lithuania Programme 2014–2020!

LLI-449 Improving Governance and Management of Lakes in Kurzeme and North Lithuania (Live Lake)

The project involves 8 lakes and one pond in Kurzeme region, Latvia and 3 lakes in Northern Lithuania. Since the lakes are different by type and origin, they also have different management needs and problems. The project addresses lake management problems like flooding and unstable hydrological regimes, overgrowing with reeds and bushes, water quality problems and pollution, safety and navigation. Besides the practical management, there is also a demand from project partners to improve the governance of the lakes, and education of local residents on the issues that are important to save the lake ecosystems.
The project aims to increase efficiency of lake resource management and governance.
Lake exploitation rules will be developed for Durbe, Usma and Sasmaka lakes.  Study of pollution in Usma lake will provide information about the contamination of the lake. Nature management plan will be developed for Tosmare lake. Action Plan for Improvement of Water Quality will be developed in Plateliai lake.
Habitat management activities will be implemented in Būšenieku, Tosmare lakes and Kirkilai karstic lakes. Reed cutting equipment will be purchased and reedland management will be ensured in Cierere, Remte, Brocēni, Platelieai and Usma lakes. Cleaning of water reservoir ‘Dzirnavu dīķis’ on Tebra river in Aizpute town will be done to stop overgrowth and improve ecological conditions. Two local cleaning events will be organised in Širvėna lake for picking up the garbage from the lake. Water level loggers for groundwater monitoring will be purchased for use in Tosmare and Platelieai lakes. Navigation equipment for Ciecere lake will be set up, including information stands, buoys and navigation signs. Security camera system for strict protected nature reserve Moricsala in Usma lake will be set up to allow monitoring of the Usma lake aquatorium in the Moricsala. Reconstruction of sluices will be done in Sasmaka lake.
Educational campaign for limiting the use of phosphorus in the project region will be implemented by creating animated movie, application for phones, smart brochures (with QR codes) and educational program that will be disseminated in schools in the project region for education of children. Also, educational campaign about amphibians will be organised in Kurzeme to draw the public’s attention to the disappearance of amphibians (e.g., toads, frogs). Mobile exhibition about the development of lakes and their nature values will be organised and exhibited in 8 locations. Nature Conservation Agency from Latvia will develop educational programme about waterbody ecosystems (including species identification guides and computer graphics that explain the creation and development of lakes) and offer lessons to schools at the Nature Education Center in Slītere, Liepāja and other places, as well as offer developed methodology to schools for use in biology lessons. Educational room with equipment, interactive game and materials for laboratory will be established in Biržai Regional Park as well.
Cross border cooperation for the management or natural resources will ensure exchanging information and experiences, as well ensure common platform for education and information activities. As a result, target groups management and governance of lake areas will improve. Educational activities will include modern technologies to attract interest of younger generation in sustainable use of nature resources and environmentally friendly lifestyle.

Social media and contacts:
Phone: +371 67331492
Address: 4a Valguma Street, Riga, Latvia (Administration office)

15 September 2022

Opening of the mobile in-doors exhibition LIFE IN THE LAKE

Slītere National Park Nature Center of Nature Conservation Agency in Latvia invites families with children to the opening of interactive traveling exhibition LIFE IN THE LAKE.

Opening will take place in Šlītere lighthouse (Talsi County, Dundaga municipality) on Sunday September 18 at 11 A.M.  

After the opening and visiting the exhibition, everyone is welcomed to visit the Lake Pēterezers nearby where the special lesson about lake inhabitants will take place. Lesson will be guided by the author of the exhibition, hydro-biologist Loreta Urtāne.  

“The heroes of this exhibition are the Kurzeme lakes and their various inhabitants. Only by learning, getting to know and understanding them, we will learn to manage the lake in a friendly way and be able to properly protect it. This is what this exhibition is about!” reveals the author of the exhibition, hydrobiologist, representative of the “Udensaina” society, Loreta Urtāne.

The exhibition with 11 informative stands, five different lake cognitive games and tasks will offer to discover the lake’s ecosystem in an exciting way, inviting to better understand the role of the lake and its surroundings as a habitat for aquatic plants, aquatic animals, insects, fish and birds. It will be an opportunity to learn more than one interesting fact about the inhabitants of the lake, see them “in the face” and better remember them. At the exhibition, you will also be able to understand the formation, development, and management possibilities of lakes, gain an insight into their research, as well as the human influence on the development of the lake environment. A special place in the exhibition is dedicated to the Kurzeme lakes.

The exhibition will be on display at the Šlītere lighthouse until October 2, after which it will begin its journey around Kurzeme and North Lithuania. Information about the location of the traveling exhibition will be published on the administration’s website , as well as on the

Exhibition is created in the project LLI-449 “Improving Governance and Management of Lakes in Kurzeme and North Lithuania” (LIVE LAKE).

Read more
30 August 2022

Live Lake Project Current Achievements

Partners of the project “Improving Governance and Management of Lakes in Kurzeme and North Lithuania” (LIVE LAKE) have been implementing the planned activities.

Development of lake exploitation rules is onging in four lakes of Kurzeme region – Sasmaka, Usma, Durbe and Puze. Most of them are planned to be elaborated by the end of 2022.

The two biggest investments of the Project are completed. Cleaning of Dzirnavu Pond on Tebra River in Aizpute has been completed in the section from Liepājas Street until the pedestrian bridge at 5B Liepājas Street. During the vegetation period, the Pond was overgrown with aquatic plants. The treatment of dead parts of aquatic plants has a positive effect on species diversity. Sediments, which were 1.2 – 1.5 m thick mineral sediments and sludge mixtures, were taken out, which significantly improved the water quality in the Pond. The value of the river has increased from environment point of view as well as from landscape, health and well-being of the town population as a whole.

Also, reconstruction of the partially collapsed sluices of the Lake Sasmaka has been carried out. The sluices will prevent flooding risks, stabilize the water level, thus providing major contributing to the improvement of the ecosystem status of Lake Sasmaka in the future.

The Latvian Nature Conservation Agency has been implementing habitat management activities in nature reserves “Būšnieku ezera krasts” and “Tosmare”. Also, the Latvian Nature Conservation Agency completed the education campaign for protection of amphibians, as well as started to develop educational programme about coastal lakes.

Within the project, Saldus County Municipality (the former Brocēni Municipality) has purchased reed cutting equipment and ensured reed cutting in Lake Remte, Lake Ciecere, and Lake Brocēnu. Also, Ventspils County Municipality purchased reed cutting equipment and started reed cutting in Lake Usma.

Directorate of Žemaitija National Park has purchased a reed cutter and started manage reedland in Lake Plateliai to reduce the area overgrown due to eutrophication.

Directorate of Žemaitija National Park started to develop Action Plan for Improvement of Water Quality in Lake Lake Plateliai.

Directorate of Žemaitija National Park, in cooperation with Kurzeme Planning Region is preparing to implement education campaign in schools for limiting phosphor and nitrogen use in project region in autumn 2022.

In June 2022 Kurzeme Planning Region organised study visit to Rāzna and Lubāna lakes in Latvia for project partners and other target group representatives. It was a great possibility to introduce with lake management and nature conservation in lakes of Latgale region in Latvia and exchange experience.

Read more
14 February 2022

Mission – Toad. Save the Prince!

Nature Conservation Agency in Latvia started education campaign about amphibians ‘Mission – Toad. Save the Price!’

Read more
30 August 2021

Partners of the Live Lake Project take measures to manage lakes

Partners of the project “Improving Governance and Management of Lakes in Kurzeme and North Lithuania” (LIVE LAKE) have started carrying out the planned activities.

Read more
More articles

Last updated: 29.09.2022 14:48