Optimising the Governance and Management of the Natura 2000 Protected Areas Network in Latvia (LatViaNature)

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The overall objective of the LIFE-IP LatViaNature is to ensure implementation of the PAF specifically addressing gaps and shortcomings and ensuring favorable conservation status of the natural and semi-natural habitats and species of Community interest by developing best practices, and creating and adopting innovative solutions.

The proposed IP will include the following specific objectives:

  • To improve the conservation status of habitats and species through wise planning and effective management;
  • To improve the efficiency of Natura 2000 network;
  • To improve the nature planning system at site level by making it more flexible and user-friendly;
  • To develop motivating mechanisms to support effective nature conservation on private lands;
  • To develop an effective system for control and management of invasive alien species;
  • To create a modern, centralized data portal for nature conservation sector;
  • To strengthen the capacity of administration and to enhance collaboration among governmental, non-governmental sectors and scientific institutions;
  • To increase the stakeholder involvement and to raise awareness of specific target groups, especially private landowners, regarding nature conservation in general and specific areas of the IP;
  • To raise awareness of the general public on nature conservation issues and to increase their knowledge and voluntary involvement in biodiversity conservation.

Implementation period: 01.11.2020. - 31.12.2028.

Funding/ programme: EU Life Environment Programme

HESPI role: Project partner

Cooperation partners: Nature Conservation Agency (lead partner), Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of the Republic of Latvia, University of Latvia, Daugavpils University, Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies, JSC “Latvia’s state forests”, Latvian Rural Advisory and Training Centre, Latvian Fund for Nature, Pasaules dabas fonds

Project funding: 19484173.00 EUR

Project scientific manager (e-mail): Agita Līviņa (agita.livina@va.lv)

Involved staff: HESPI research staff Andris Klepers, Anda Arkliņa

More information: https://www.daba.gov.lv/public/lat/projekti/aktualie_projekti/latvianature/