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Monitoring visit of the project "LIFE CoHaBit – Coastal Habitat Conservation in the Nature Park “Piejūra” has taken place

dabas parka uzraudzibas sanaksme 9165On October 10-11, LIFE CoHaBit project supervisor, NEEMO EEIG and EASME, visited Carnikava Municipal Alternative Care Center "Pīlādzis". The main activity of NEEMO EEIG is the monitoring of projects funded by the European Commission LIFE Program, while EASME oversees the European Commission programs on behalf of the European Commission. All project partners were represented in the visit – Carnikava District Council, Riga Council City and Development Department, Nature Conservation Agency, and Baltic Shores Association.

On the first day of the visit, the overall progress of the project was presented and discussed, addressing the major challenges and the activities of the final year of the project.

On the second day of the visit, the project areas where practical habitat restoration work was carried out were visited. The day began in the area of Carnikava where anti-erosion fences of reeds and pines were inspected. Reed fences is a new method being first tried in the Baltics. The fences contribute to the strengthening of dunes as well as limit disturbance of dune plants. The visit also covered gray dunes and works almost completed on them. We would like to remind you that restoration of the gray dune habitat outside the forest land is carried out in the coastal parts of the Nature Park “Piejūra” from Garupe to Carnikava (Street Laivu ) and from the Gauja estuary to the Lilaste estuary. The works are planned to be completed by winter. The restoration work on gray dunes needs to be done to reduce pine overgrown areas. Gray dunes are ecologically sensitive and significantly affected by anthropogens, so targeted management is important both for preserving biodiversity and providing a recreational environment. In Carnikava, the visit also focused on places where the restoration of woodland dunes will begin soon. During the visit, some project areas in Riga, Nature Park “Piejūra” were also visited. In Mangaļsala, these were anti-erosion fences and infrastructure, as well as the completed works for the restoration of woodland dunes. Whereas in Daugavgriva, the visit travelled to lagoon restoration area, where the method of regular reed mowing was used. The rebuilding of the lagoon habitat significantly reduced the amount of reeds, leaving some reed clusters, making an open access to the lagoon’s water.

Overall, the progress of the project shows many challenges, but much work has been done and the project is well on track to achieve its goals.

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Projekts LIFE CoHaBit (Nr. LIFE15 NAT/LV/000900) „Piekrastes biotopu aizsardzība dabas parkā “Piejūra”” tiek ieviests ar Eiropas Savienības LIFE programmas un Latvijas vides aizsardzības fonda administrācijas finansiālu atbalstu.

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