Bringing neighbours closer
Welcome to the Interreg V-A Latvia–Lithuania Programme 2014–2020!About the programme
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Sticking to the swamps …
Wetlands provide shelter for many protected plants and animals, as well as valuable ecosystems that act as a sponge and reduce the risk of flooding. Wetlands are places where you can enjoy unusual landscapes, the heady scent of pity or flowering heather, berry picking or collecting herbs. Unfortunately, the protected wetlands of Latvia and Lithuania are threatened by trees and shrubs that are rapidly conquering them.
The Latvian-Lithuanian cross-border co-operation project OPEN LANDSCAPE has been an excellent platform for co-operation between Latvian and Lithuanian scientists, municipalities, non-governmental organizations and responsible state institutions wishing to pay attention to wetland protection and care for their natural values.
The aim of the project: to develop a common methodology for the management of wetlands in the Latvian-Lithuanian border region.
• Increased interest in wetland habitat management in the Latvian-Lithuanian border area
• Valuable meetings and shared experiences • Municipal and protected area specialists gained practical experience in wetland habitat management
• Demonstration management works in five areas in Latvia and Lithuania • Expanded population knowledge of wetland biodiversity “Green Education Corner” has been established in the municipality of Viesitė
• Two nature management plans of nature reserves and seven management plans of wetlands (from 0.5 to 5 ha area) have been prepared
• Detailed assessment of wetlands habitats in Sartai and Biržai regional parks (Lithuania) classification
• A methodology for assessing the effectiveness of measures for the restoration and management of wetland habitats has been developed
• A guide for the management of wetland habitats has been prepared
Exchange of experience and public engagement
A two day conference was organised in the municipality of Preili, to discuss the results of the project and to exchange scientific information. A three-day tour of the protected natural areas of Latvia and Lithuania was organized. Expert meetings were held in Dusetos (Lithuania), seminars for municipal professionals and residents in the Aizdumblė swamp nature reserve of Elkšnis and Viesytė municipality, as well as in the Peleci and Peleci Lake Swamp Nature Reserve, Preili Municipality, Sarto and Biržai Regional Parks (Lithuania).
Detailed management plans and management measures (felled trees and shrubs) have been developed in five demonstration areas in Latvia and Lithuania:
Supe swamp nature reserve – 5 hectares
Peleči Lake Wetlands Nature Reserve– 5 hectares
Aizdumblė swamp in nature reserve – 1 hectare
Sartu regional park in three different swamps 4.6 hectares
In Biržai Regional Park in four different swamps 3.36 hectares.
Project total budget: EUR 374 367,80
Co-financing of the European Regional Development Fund : EUR 318 212,63
Project duration time: 03/03/2018-04-02
More information: www.latlit.eu
Report on open wetland habitats diversity, distribution and status assessment in LT and
LV have been prepared separately in national languages with common extended summary in
Two nature management plans for Natura 2000 sites have been prepared.
Dabas aizsardzības pārvalde
Report on methods of open wetland habitats mapping have been prepared.
Two reports (one for small plots in private land, another – large plots in state land) on
management tools, measures and systems of wetland habitats included information from
Latvia and Lithuania.
Manual on wetland management practices includes information from Latvia and
Lithuania, this document produced in two languages – Latvian and Lithuanian with extended
summary and recommendation sections in English.
Methodology on long-term monitoring of restoration and management success have
been developed in three languages (LV, LT and ENG).
Final project document
Information about project outputs related with project events, exchange of experience as
well as public awareness and education is provided on project partners’ websites:
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Last updated: 22.01.2021 10:16