Nature conservation and biodiversity

Projects

Enhancement of Green Infrastructure in the Landscape of Lowland Rivers (ENGRAVE)
05/2018-04/2020

Enhancing ecoSysteM sERvices mApping for poLicy and Decision mAking (ESMERALDA)
02/2015-07/2018

Integrated planning tool to ensure viability of grasslands (LIFE Viva Grass)
06/2014-11/2018

Alternative use of biomass for maintenance of grassland biodiversity and ecosystem services (LIFE Grassservice)
10/2013-12/2007

Baltic Sea Pilot Project : Testing new concepts for integrated environmental monitoring of the Baltic Sea (BALSAM)
10/2013 - 05/2015

Innovative approaches for marine biodiversity monitoring and assessment of conservation status of nature values in the Baltic Sea (MARMONI)
10/2010-03/2015  

Concept development for an environmental impact assessment (EIA) for off-shore wind parks in the Baltic States
11/2007-10/2009

Financing Trends for NATURA 2000
08/2006-12/2006

Favourable conservation Status of boreal Forest - Experience Exchange among Baltic and Nordic Experts
10/2005-06/2006

Marine Protected Areas in the Eastern Baltic Sea (Baltic MPAs)
08/2005-07/2009

Implementation of the biodiversity monitoring requirements in accordance with the EU Birds and Habitats Directives through facilitating cooperation and stakeholder networking in the Baltic States
02/2005-12/2005

Baltic States’ Regional Co-operation Programme for Natura 2000 (BANAT)
10/2003-03/2005

Management of NATURA 2000 sites – needs, possibilities, perspectives (BANAT-MP)
05/2003-06/2004

Experience exchange on habitat management among Baltic LIFE-Nature projects
12/2003-05/2005

Anda Ruskule

Environmental expert/ project manager
Nature conservation, ecosystem services, landscape ecology, maritime spatial planning

anda.ruskule[at]bef[dot]lv 
Tel.: 00371 6735 7548

Nature and the biodiversity can be viewed from many different perspectives – its intrinsic value formed by variability of all living organisms, ecosystems and ecological process; emotional and aesthetic experiences it provides, being source for recreation and outdoor activities as well as direct economic benefits from natural resources and food it supplies thus insuring the well-being of people. Furthermore nature is in charge for variety of ecosystem services, including climate regulation, nutrient recycling, flood prevention, etc. that keep in balance our planet. The new objectives of EU policy focus on bring down high species-extinction rates by 2020, restoring natural ecosystems in the EU as far as possible, and contribute more to averting a global problem. The actual issues of the nature programme include:  promoting of environmental friendly farming for maintenance of biodiversity;  insuring sustainable use of marine ecosystem by introducing maritime spatial planning; assessment of status of marine biodiversity by developing new indicators and innovative monitoring methods as well as  stakeholder information, involvement and integration in the nature management and planning process.