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On 1st February of this year, the LIFE CoHaVit project “Coastal Habitat Conservation in Nature Park “Piejura”” (No LIFE15 NAT/LV/000900) participated in the 77th International Scientific Conference of the University of Latvia with two stand reports in the section “Environmental management and sustainable development of the coast”.

Stand report “Dune Management and Administration for Sustainable Coastal Development in the Nature Park “Piejura”” emphasizes the relevance of maintaining balance in ecological processes in order to promote conservation of biodiversity and recreational resources. Especially it concerns such territories as the Natural Park “Piejura”, which has been exposed to human influence for a long time and is very sensitive to changes in environmental factors. In order to preserve the valuable habitat of the Nature Park “Piejura” and beautiful places of rest for citizens, it is necessary to carry out habitat management measures as well as to establish a uniform system for the administration of the Nature Park “Piejura”.

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Habitat management works in the Nature Park “Piejura” are planned also in the year 2019. In order for residents and visitors of the park to understand why and what works are done, we will tell in this article about one of the greatest values of the Nature Park and about methods of its management.

According to the habitat mapping data obtained within the LIFE-Nature project “Protection and Management of Coastal Habitats in Latvia” in 2003, the percentage distribution of forest habitats across the Nature Park “Piejura” reaches in total up to 79%. This allows us to conclude that among the habitats found in the park, forest habitats are the most common in the whole territory of the Nature Park “Piejura”.

What makes the wooded seaside dunes so special and how should one manage them? Read more about it here:

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This week, a new landscaped beach area, new walking paths and parking lots with all amenities will be commissioned for residents and guests of Riga in Mangalsala, in the territory of the Nature Park “Piejura”. The City Development Department of Riga City Council implements the project “Construction and Reconstruction of Infrastructure Reducing the Anthropogenic Load in the Nature Park “Piejura” (Natura 2000 site)”, and “LIFE CoHaBit”, which aim to reduce the anthropogenic load on the protected habitats of the European Union in the territory of the Nature Park “Piejura” (Natura 2000 site) ensuring the conservation of biodiversity of the organic nature for the next generations. Construction and reconstruction of anthropogenic load-reducing infrastructure has been carried out throughout the territory of the Natural Park “Piejura”. The new improvement of the territory is aimed at preserving natural values, additionally providing various recreational opportunities on the coast – both active and cognitive.

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In 7th-8th November of this year, NEEMO EEIG, the supervisor of LIFE CoHaBit project, visited Latvia. In the visit, all project partners - Carnikava County Council, the City Development Department of Riga City Council, the Nature Conservation Agency, and the Association “Baltic Shores” – were represented.

On the first day of the monitor's visit, the project territories, where the first practical habitat restoration works have already been carried out, were examined. The day started in Carnikava County, where we looked at the installed reed fences, which is currently the only place in the Baltics where such a method is being tried. Reed fences act as wind energy suppressors and contribute to the growth of the dune, as well as reduce the trampling down of the dune growth. Next we went to Daugavgriva, where two project areas were surveyed; the first – the territory of the lagoon restoration, the second – the territory of restriction of invasive plants and restoration of the Meadow. For the restoration of the lagoon, the method of regular mowing is applied.

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