Baltic Environmental Forum-Latvia experts participated in the in the European Ecosystem Services 2016 conference

Conference was held in Antwerp, Belgium, September 19-22, and the theme “Helping nature to help us” focused on the important role that healthy ecosystems play in supporting human well-being and the protection of nature. This conference was the biggest European event in 2016 that linked science, policy and practice on ecosystem services and natural capital with over 600 participants.

Special session named “LIFE programme supporting societal benefits by restoring and improving ecosystem services – best practices” related to projects/processes was held on September 20 and E. Bojārs held the presentation "Alternative use of biomass for maintenance of grassland biodiversity and ecosystem services" and introduced the audience with the LIFE Grassservice project, it’s aims, activities and biomass mapping in Sigulda and Ludza municipalities. In the same session A. Ruskule held the presentation "Integrated planning tool to ensure viability of grasslands" and presented LIFE Viva Grass project. 

On September 22 session "Solving practical bottlenecks in ecosystem service mapping" was held and A. Ruskule held the presentation "Grassland ecosystem service mapping at local and regional level: experience of the LIFE Viva Grass project" and K. Veidemane held the presentation "Informing marine and coastal policy using ecosystem service assessments".

For more information please visit conference's website: www.esconference2016.eu