In the 25th of August in Saulkrasti town project 2nd seminar "Ecosystem Services: Importance and Measurement" took place.
Seminar brought together a wide range of stakeholders representing governmental and non-governmental organizations, municipalities and educational organisations.
Seminar was organized with the aim to introduce the Saulkrasti town local stakeholders about the ecosystem services topic and planned project activities.
During the seminar the Head of Nature Conservation Agency Pierīga regional administration Mr. Andris Širovs gave a brief explanation about ecosystem services assessment approach and a coastal habitats expert Ms. Egija Biseniece presented connection between ecosystem services and biodiversity issues. Also during the seminar main project goals, objectives and expected results were presented.
An expert-geologist from Latvian University Mr. Jānis Lapinskis presented topic about coastal ecosystems sustainable management and the representative of the association "Baltic coasts" Ms. Līga Brūniņa presented the current trends regarding ecosystem services assessment.
Very interesting part of the seminary were Daugavpils University representative Ms. Jolanta Bāra presentation about citizens of Latvia an their opinion in relation to ecosystem services, as well as Vidzeme University lecturer Andris Kleperis presentation about tourism and recreation in the Baltic Sea from the ecosystem services perspective. Both presentations were presented with recently obtained data illustrating the current situation in Latvia.
During the second part of seminar a workshop was organised where participants were invited to present their vision about Saulkrasti pilot area development in future.
Project seminar ended with a tour to the Saulkrasti pilot area, which was led by Saulkrasti Municipality representative Mr. Normunds Līcis. N.Līcis showed the most significant Saulkrasti natural values as well as maintained infrastructure.
SEMINAR AGENDA (in Latvian language)
PRESENTATIONS (in Latvian language)
Seminar was organized in the framework of project LIFE13 ENV/LV/000839 "LIFE EcoystemServices" which is implemented by the Nature Conservation Agency of
Latvia, association "Baltic coasts" and Saulkrasti Municipality. Project is co-financed by the European Union and Latvian Environmental Protection Fund.