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In November 2019, the restoration of woodland dune habitats in Carnikava, Gauja and Lilaste will be started in the Carnikava Nature Park “Seaside”. The work is being carried out within the framework of the LIFE CoHaBit project “Coastal Habitat Protection in the Nature Park “Seaside””. The works are scheduled to be completed by spring.

In ancient times, sand dunes were forested, with pines planted in tight rows. Currently planted pines are densely overgrown, creating a homogeneous forest landscape. Woodland dunes have poor light conditions under cover, pines are unhealthy and their needles form a large layer of litter, making it difficult for other species to enter. For a dune forest to be healthy, it needs to be cultivated.

The LIFE CoHaBit project invites anyone interested to take an informative tour in nature. During the tour the residents will be informed about the restoration works of gray and woodland dune habitats and related issues. There will be a chance to see the gray and woodland dune habitats in person and ask questions to experts. The tour will address such questions as, “Why the woodlands of the Nature Park should be maintained? Can I cut trees in a Nature Park? Is it necessary to intervene in natural processes?” The tour will be attended by representatives from the Development and Planning Department of the Carnikava Local Government, the LIFE CoHaBit project, Association “Baltic Shores”, the Nature Conservation Agency, the Latvian State Forests, and the Latvian Fund for Nature.

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IMG 0431On October 18, a series of three seminars for guides, teachers, nature organizers, regional researchers and active people who are interested themselves and show the values of the Nature Park “Seaside” began at the Carnikava Center for Regional Studies.

The Nature Park “Seaside” is the closest protected nature area to Riga, and the park is a popular place for outdoor activities for many residents of Riga and its surroundings. Hiking groups, environmental studies and coastal tours are organized in the park. Because of the heavy load by the visitors, it is important to identify the values, threats and best management and conservation of the Nature Park.

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.

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