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The project LIFE15 NAT / LV / 000900 "Coastal Habitat Conservation in Nature Park ‘Piejūra’“ target area is a Nature park" Piejūra ", which is the Natura 2000 site (code LV0301700), therefore habitat conservation measuresactivities are applicable to all Nature park.

Nature park “Piejura” consists of three local goverment areas - Riga, Carnikava, Saulkrasti. The park area covers approximately one fifth of the teritory of the region which is stretching from Vakarbulli to Incupe along the sea for 19 km. More than half of the pational park occupies coastal forests, including the rivers and lakes, as well as the coastline.  

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The main aim of the project LIFE15 NAT/LV/000900 is mitigation of the heavy anthropogenic pressure and restore the vulnerable coastal habitats in Nature Park 'Piejura' (Latvia), Natura 2000 site. There will implementated conservation, restoration and sustainable management of 13 coastal habitat types (7 of them EU priority) and 2 plant species listed in the Habitats Directive, 9 habitat types according to the Bern Convention, and 6 species listed in Birds Directive found in Nature Park 'Piejura', NATURE 2000 site.

Secondary project objectives are:

-  To update the site Nature Management plan for Nature Park 'Piejura' to make it applicable and effective in conservation and sustainable management of the area. This would include (a) re-freshing the habitat and species data, which is the basic requirement to plan up-to-date actions targeted at conservation and restoration of the valuable and vulnerable habitats and species in the area; (b) updating the legal information, which has changed significantly since the previous plan; (c) developing a visitor management plan for all the area of Nature Park 'Piejura' targeted at mitigating the anthropogenic impacts in a complicated urban, but on the same time highly valuable nature area.

- To implement concrete conservation and restoration actions for the coastal and semi-natural grassland habitats and species listed Annexes I and II in Council Directive 92/43/EEC of 21 May 1992 and some bird species listed in Annex I of the Birds Directive and to diminish negative impact of anthropogenic pressure on the vulnerable coastal ecosystem;

- To control alien species invasion in the coastal areas of Nature Park ‘Piejura’ , thus preventing their further spread along the coastline, which serves as a natural corridor, and to limit their negative impacts on habitats and native species including threatened species by developing and adopting new methods to be used in Latvia;

- To involve the local community including landowners, local residents and other stakeholders in sustainable management of the Nature Park by implementing an effective, attractive educational activities and awareness rising campaigns;


LIFE+ programme "LIFE Nature and Biodiversity" project
LIFE15 NAT/LV/000900 "Coastal Habitat Conservation in Nature Park “Piejura”"

 Project abbreviation



Nature protection, coastal habitat and species conservation,  coastal habitats and management, nature protection plan development, inventory of invasive species, public awareness.

 Implementation areas

Nature park “Piejura”

 Implementation period

01/09/2016/ - 31/03/2021

 Project is co-finansed by

European Union (EU) programme LIFE and Latvian Environmental Protection Fund

 Total budget

970,067 EUR

 ES co-finansing

582,041 EUR

Co-finansing of Latvian  Environmental Protection Fund and project partners

126,330 EUR

Following main results are foreseen to be reached after completing the project:

The site management plan for Nature Park 'Piejura' is updated and approved. The plan includes (a) up-to-date survey data and proper assessment of the habitat types, species and other nature values in the area, with particular emphasis on the demonstration areas, (b) up-to-date restoration plan based on the newest available knowledge of the habitats and species in the area, threats and possible solutions,  (c) project of the individual regulation (i. e. functional zoning) to be approved by the Cabinet of Ministers,  (d)  plan for sustainable visitor management.  The deterioration of habitats of EU-importance is singificantly diminished allowing regeneration of natural vegetation  in Mangali, Garciems, Carnikava and Saulkrasti areas.

Improved conservation status of the habitat-related bird species (14 species) Invasive alien species are erradicated or significantly surpressed. General public and stakeholders involved by awareness raising campaigns and educational activities.   Experience gained by networking with nature conservation institutions

For park visitors

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Project Co-Financed By

Administration of Latvian Environmental Protection Fund 200


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