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About the Project

European Union LIFE+ Programme
LIFE10 NAT/LV/000159 FOR-REST
Forest Habitat Restoration within the Gauja National Park
 
 
Project abbreviation: FOR-REST
 
Duration: 01/09/2011 - 31/08/2015
 
Project is finansed by: LIFE + finansial instrument of European Union and Latvian Environmental Protection Fund Administration
 
Total budget: 823 243 EUR
Funding: EU LIFE+ programme (493 946 EUR)
Cofunding: Latvian Environmental Protection Fund Administration
 
Coordinating beneficiary: Nature Conservation Agency
 
Associated beneficiaries: Institute for Environmental Solutions, Latvian Fund for Nature, Elm Media
 
Project objectives:
 
The main objective of the project is to establish a long-term forest habitat restoration and management programme for selected priority species and habitat types, test and demonstrate innovative habitat inventory methods and implement the best practice habitat restoration measures in the Gauja National Park Natura 2000 site.
The following secondary objectives are set for the project:
  • Elaboration of the long-term forest habitat restoration and management programme for selected priority species and habitat types.
  • Demonstration and promotion of innovative habitat restoration and management measures aiming at improvement of conservation status of forest habitats.
  • Adaptation of airborne remote sensing technologies for forest habitat distribution evaluation and conservation status assessment as well as for restoration and management planning.
  • Increased knowledge and awareness of nature conservation specialists, local municipalities and local residents on restoration and management measures of the forest habitats of EU importance.
 
Actions and means involved:
  • Full mapping and evaluation of conservation status of the forest habitats of EU importance using combined data from airborne remote sensing and forest inventories;
  • Elaboration of the long-term forest habitat restoration and management programme;
  • Implementation of the innovative restoration and management measures on high priority forest areas which are losing their nature conservation value and/or functions;
  • Organisation of seminars and experience exchange trips and production of informative audio-visual materials on habitat restoration and management issues;
 
Expected results (outputs and quantified achievements):
  1. Inventory data on distribution and conservation status of the selected priority forest habitats within the Gauja National Park obtained, digital maps prepared and Natura 2000 data sheet of the site updated.
  2. The forest habitat long-term restoration and management programme and the habitat restoration and management plan elaborated and a further lack of the coordinated management averted.
  3. Restoration/management activities implemented within the forest areas of high priority for restoration or management actions:
    - 130 – 170 ha hydrology restoration (91D0*);
    - 280 – 300 ha boreal forest management (9010*);
    - 60 – 80 ha broad-leaved forest management (9180*).
  4. Sites of forest habitat restoration and management used as demonstration sites of efficient restoration and management measures for nature conservation experts, private land owners and other stakeholders.
  5. Printed materials (project leaflets and leaflets on forest management (2500 copies) and a report on restoration (1000 copies) and audio-visual materials (four short films and an interactive information platform) on forest habitat restoration/management and application of remote sensing technologies produced and distributed.
  6. Five seminars and experience exchange trips organized for nature conservation specialists, representatives from local municipalities and local society.
  7. Project’s website created and serving as a permanent source of information on its activities.
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