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Carnikava county municipality, association “Baltijas krasti”, the Nature Conservation Agency and the City Development Department of the Riga city Council will begin the final stage of the anti-erosion measures: coast-planting of graminae in the Nature Park “Piejūra” in Riga, Mangaļi, within the framework of the LIFE CoHaBit project.

On 16 April of this year, it is planned to carry out graminae planting works in order to eliminate the consequences of anthropogenic load and to carry out primary restoration of dunes. The purpose of the planned works is mainly aimed at creating favorable conditions for the development of embryonic and shifting dunes, as well as carrying out dune erosion mitigation activities in places where too much anthropogenic load can be identified.

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Projekta sanaksme 2509 8022On 27th December 2019 the last meeting of the steering group was held in Carnikava to discuss the new Nature Conservation Plan for the Nature Park “Piejūra”, which is being developed under the LIFE CoHaBit project. The meeting was attended by representatives from the Nature Protection Board, the Riga Council Housing and Environment Department, the State Environment Service, the State Forest Service, JSC Latvia’s State Forests, the Rural Support Service, the Freeport of Riga, the State Centre for Defence Military Objects and Procurement, the Latvian Lakes Association, Carnikava Local Government, landowners, as well as developers of the Nature Conservation Plan from the Latvian Fund for Nature.

IMG 6037The representatives of the LIFE CoHaBit project together with the specialists of the Latvia’s State Forests and contractor “R Grupa” review the progress of the works.

Pine felling in the first pilot area of the project near the village of Gauja has been completed; timber harvesting is currently under way.

In the second pilot area of the project, closer to the village of Gauja, the works have been successfully started. Through conversations with the contractors, we have come to the conclusion that, although we have prepared the technological maps very precisely, the woodland dune habitat restoration work still requires a lot of attention and care. Each site has to be treated individually, but at the same time, the overall landscape of the forest should not be overlooked – the reminds making a tapestry!

IMG 5868Today the representatives of the LIFE CoHaBit project together with the experts of the Latvia’s State Forests and the contractor "R Grupa" evaluated the work already done in the pilot area of the project near the village of Gauja.

As forest maintenance experts admit, these restoration works of the woodland dunes had to be done sooner when the forest stand was around 50 years old. Now is the last moment to do the work, since the average age of the pine stands in the pilot area is 80 years, where most pines are of low quality or lanky.

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