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1In September this year, a story was published on the wandering dunes, how they arose and how this natural disaster was contained in Latvia. The article is available here: https://www.tvnet.lv/6777657/smilsu-vara-stasts-par-latvijas-piejuras-kapu-apmezosanu.

As there are public concerns that the restoration of gray dune habitats through the LIFE CoHaBit project could lead to the re-emergence of wandering dunes, we hereby explain the current situation.

For centuries, woodland dunes were felled to obtain timber, which, aided by one-way winds, led to the emergence of wandering dunes.

To stop the spread of wandering dunes, they were strengthened starting from the 19th century. The dune strip closer to the sea shore (front dunes and gray dunes) was fortified by planting willows and other shrubs, while the dune strip below (dunes) was planted with pines.

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 “Piejūra” began at the Carnikava Center for Regional Studies.

The Nature Park “Piejūra” 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.

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