Nature Study in Latvia 2nd – 10th September 2018

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Outline of Themes for NET Managing our Natural and Cultural Assets

A detailed programme will be prepared according to the participants.

2nd – 10th September 2018

Ecology and sustainable use of large carnivores in Latvia considering conservation policy and legislation at EU scale.

(Jānis Ozoliņš, State Forest Research Institute “Silava”, 1-1,5 days

  • Background on population history (Baltics vs. continental scale).
  • Implemented management system.
  • Review of monitoring results.
  • Discussion on the compliance with EU legislation and requirements for favourable population status.
  • Field survey for robust evidences.
“Integration of Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus) Protection  in Forest Management. ”

(Elmārs Pēterhofs,  State Forest Enterprise „Latvijas valsts meži”)

heritage as green infrastructure in rural areas  of Northern part of Latvia.”

(SFS staff, local experts, field visits, tralis etc.)

„Nature protection system and practices in Latvia”

(SFS staff, experts, field visits).

The NET parogramme will take place in Ziemeļvidzeme (Nothern part of Latvia, border with Estonia).

Forestry sector in Latvia is much bigger economical player then it is a case in Scotland. The number of work places supported by forestry and timber processing industry, high level of export and contribution to country’s economy means that forests are regarded as a high value asset. Wide selection of native tree species growing within their natural ranges and more sympathetic soil and climate conditions, mean the forestry is an integral part of Latvian landscape

 

Day 1

Arrival in Riga airport

Transfer to hotel (shuttle)

Overnight location: Riga, Avalon Hotel

www.hotelavalon.eu

Day 2

Introduction of training course (Office State Forest Service)

Latvian Forest Sector governance. (Baiba Rotberga, State forest Service)

„Nature protection system and practices in Latvia”

(Andis Purs, State Forest Service)

“Integration of Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus) Protection  in Forest Management” (Elmārs Pēterhofs,  State Forest Enterprice „Latvijas valsts meži”)

Departure to Līgatne

Overnight location: Līgatne “Ratnieki”

www.ratnieki.lv

Day 3

Continuous cover forestry and private forestry. Visit to forest owner. (Martins Lūkins , expert; owner Ziedonis Vilciņš)

Presentation of “Population ecology and sustainable use of large carnivores in Latvia considering conservation policy and legislation at EU scale.”  (Presentation with field trips Dr.biol. Jānis Ozoliņš, State Forest Research Institute “Silava”)

Field survey for robust evidences.

Overnight location: Līgatne “Ratnieki”

www.ratnieki.lv

Day 4

Departure  to Valka  region

Visit to Natura 2000 site “Sedas purvs”. (SFS forester Janis Ence)

„Cultural heritage as green infrastructure in rural areas  of Northern part of Latvia.”

(expert Viesturs Lārmanis)

Overnight location: Līgatne “Ratnieki”

www.ratnieki.lv

Day 5

Cēsis region.

Cultural heritage as green infrastructure in rural areas  of Northern part of Latvia.”

(expert Viesturs Lārmanis)

Trip to Valka region.

Visit to recultivated peat bog. Cranberry fields.

Overnight location: Līgatne “Ratnieki”

www.ratnieki.lv

Day 6

Remote sensing applications for environmental resource assesment and management planning. (Gatis Eriņš Institute of Environmental Solutions)

Field visits

Visits to aerodrome and packaging workshop of medical herbs. (Institute of Environmental Solutions, Cēsis).

Boat trip (around 3 hours) Gauja river.

Overnight location: Līgatne “Ratnieki”

www.ratnieki.lv

Day 7

Walk in nature trail in Līgatne, Gauja National Park

Departure to Riga

Overnight location: Riga, Avalon Hotel

www.hotelavalon.eu

Day 8

Free time in Riga.

Transfer to Airport

Departure

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