Conference on Conservation and Management of Wetland Habitats, July 11-12, 2017

PUBLISHED: 01. 02. 2017

The International Conference on Conservation and Management of Priority Wetland Habitats will take place in Riga, Latvia, from July 11 to July 12, 2017. The aim of the Conference is to raise awareness and discuss wetland conservation and management and share experience.


Registration for the conference is closed!


A full conference program is now available.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

9.30 Registration.
10.00 Toms Andersons, University of Latvia. Opening of the Conference.
10.10 Māra Pakalne, University of Latvia. Wetland conservation and management in Latvia.
10.30 Jüri-Ott Salm, Marko Kohv, Estonian Fund for Nature. LIFE Mires Estonia, Raised bog restoration experience in Estonia.
10.50 Nerijus Zableckis, Lithuanian Fund for Nature. LIFE Aukštumala (Lithuania).
11.10 Coffee break, poster session.
11.40 Karen Poulsen, Peter Hahn, Danish Nature Agency. Restoration of a 5.000 ha raised bog – an example from Denmark.
12.00 Andrew Cole, Natural England. Peatland restoration in LIFE Cumbria BogLIFE project (United Kingdom).
12.20 Reijo Hokkanen, Parks & Wildlife Finland. Peatland restoration experience from Finland.
12.40 Andrey Sirin, Institute of Forest Science Russian Academy of Sciences. Peatland diversity and restoration in Russia.
13.00 Lunch.
14.00 Olga Galanina,  St.Petersburg University. Diversity of mire types in karst landscapes (Arkhangelsk region, Russia).
14.20 Agnese Priede, Nature Conservation Agency. Recently developed Mire Restoration Guidelines for Latvia.
14.40 Viktar Fenchuk, APB-BirdLife Belarus. Large scale peatland restoration projects in Belarus – outcomes and challenges.
15.00 Meelis Tambets, Mart Thalfeldt, Eesti Loodushoiu Keskus. Freshwater habitats in Estonia and LIFE.
15.20 Ab Grootjans, Leslaw Wolejko, Oļģerts Aleksāns, Māra Pakalne. Wetland research in Slītere National Park (Latvia).
15.40 Oļģerts Aleksāns, University of Latvia. Hydrological studies and monitoring within the LIFE project Wetlands (Latvia).
16.00 Coffee break, poster session.
16.30 Dominik Zak, Jörg Gelbrecht, Bärbel Tiemeyer, Rob McInnes, Jürgen Augustin, Anke Günther, Gerald Jurasinski, Germany. How to manage and monitor carbon sequestration in rewetted peatlands.
16.50 Franziska Tanneberger, Andrey Sirin. Peatland conservation in Europe and the European Mires Book.
17.10 Introduction to the field trip, presentation of a project movie.
17.30 Closing remarks.
19.30 Social evening in the Botanical Garden of the University of Latvia.


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

9.00 Departure from Riga, Bellevue Park Hotel, Slokas Street 1 (
9.30 Field trip to Melnais Lake Nature Reserve.
13.00 Lunch break.
14.00 Field trip to Sudas-Zviedru Mire in Gauja National Park.
17.00 Field trip to Raunas Staburags.
19.30-20.00 Arrival in Riga, Bellevue Park Hotel, Slokas Street 1 (

Venue and social evening

The Conference venue is Academic Center for Natural Sciences of the University of Latvia ( The address of the center is Jelgavas Street 1, Riga (

Please notice that there is a social evening planned on the first day of the Conference in the Botanical Garden of the University of Latvia (, Kandavas Street 2 , Riga (

Field trip

As we are planning to visit two mires – Melnais Lake Mire and Sudas-Zviedru Mire – please bring your rubber boots (it might be too wet for hiking boots) and dress according to the weather forecasts. Currently, it seems like the day will be rainy, so an umbrella and waterproof jacket are recommended.

Melnais Lake Nature Reserve is one the LIFE projects’ “Raised Bogs” (2010-2013) project sites. During the project, the active raised bog habitats and natural hydrology were re-established. The area has been preserved as a small nature “oasis”, the surrounding mire is drained and peat is extracted close to the border of the nature reserve. Melnais Lake Mire is an important area for birds, there are species such as Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola, Spotted Crake Porzana porzana, and Eagle Owl Bubo bubo found.

Gauja National Park was established to protect the unique and ancient Gauja River Valley. The current Gauja Valley has formed by derogation of glacier about 12-13 thousand years ago. The largest mire in the area is the Sudas-Zviedru Mire (2575 ha) where raised bog habitats maintain rare plant species, like deer grass Trichophorum cespitosum. In the other project site, Dāvida Springs by the riverside of Vaive River, a rare and protected habitat with Petrifying springs with tufa formation (Cratoneurion) occupies an area of 3 ha.

Raunas StaburagsNature Reserve protects a unique petrifying spring habitat with tufa formation that reaches up to 3.5 m in height and 17 m in width. The Nature Reserve is particularly important for bryophyte communities maintaining curled hook-moss Palustriella commutata, fern-leaved hook-moss Cratoneuron filicinum, endive pellia Pellia endiviifolia.


Please find accommodation options via  The nearest hotels are Radisson Blue Daugava Hotel and Bellevue Park Hotel Riga.


There are several options to get to Riga. You can fly to Riga Airport and then take bus 22 to the city center (stop Autoosta), the ride costs Eur 1.15. Taxi from airport to the center costs approximately Eur 15. If you take a bus to Riga, the bus station is located near the old town (Prāgas Street 1).

Public transport in Riga:

Important dates

First Circular, call for presentations & posters – December 2016

Second Circular – February 2017

Registration – February-April 2017. CLOSED.

Third Circular – Mid-May 2017

Fourth Circular– beginning of July 2017


For more information about the project please visit


If you have any questions regarding the Conference, do not hesitate to contact Ms. Marta Baumane, public relations coordinator,, +37129156223.


The Conference will be organized by the LIFE+ project “Conservation and Management of Priority Wetland Habitats in Latvia” – LIFE13 NAT/LV/000578. The project is funded by European Commission LIFE+ Programme.

Project coordinating beneficiary: University of Latvia Project associate beneficiaries: Estonian Fund for Nature (SA Eestimaa Looduse Fond), BUND Diepholzer Moorniederung, E Buvvadiba Ltd, Foundation Modern Technology Development Fund and RIDemo Ltd. Project co-financers: Latvian Environmental Protection Fund Administration and Estonian Environmental Investment Centre.

Raised bog in a fog. Photo: M.Pakalne.

Raised bog in a fog. Photo: M.Pakalne.

Raunas Staburags. Foto: M.Pakalne.

Raunas Staburags. Photo: M.Pakalne.

Melnā ezera purvs. Foto: A.Slišāns

Melnais Lake Mire. Photo: A.Slišāns

Sudas-Zviedru Mire. Photo: M.Pakalne.

Sudas-Zviedru Mire. Photo: M.Pakalne.

Sphagnum Magellanicum. Photo: M.Pakalne

Sphagnum Magellanicum. Photo: M.Pakalne