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Freshwaters

 Description of the Action - Elaboration of Management Guidelines for Freshwater Habitats
 Why do We Need Management Guidelines for Freshwater Habitats?
 Expected Results
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Description of the Action - Elaboration of Management Guidelines for Freshwater Habitats
 
The aim of this action is to decrease the negative effects of  the lack of  appropriate management of freshwater habitats. Experts from NGOs, NCA, land owners and other stakeholders will collaborate in a special working group to elaborate guidelines for management of Freshwater habitats in Natura 2000 sites in Latvia. The working group will meet in workshops and seminars to discuss recommendations and final findings. The first draft of guidelines will be finished by the end of 2014/beginning of 2015, but the book containing the final version of the guidelines will be published in 2016.
 
After the first recommendations from the specialist working group (in 2013) the recommended management methods will be tested in some Natura 2000 sites for specially protected habitats - Water courses of plain to montane levels with the Ranunculion fluitantis and Callitricho-Batrachion vegetation (3260) as this habitat is widely distributed in all Natura 2000 sites and needs specific management depending on a wide range of factors. There is not enough experience on management of this habitat in Latvia, and the testing of management methods will help to improve guidelines for management of freshwater habitats. These habitats are endangered by eutrophication and subsequent overgrowing. All these factors decrease habitat quality and threaten fish species as well as some endangered plant species.
 
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 Why do We Need Management Guidelines for Freshwater Habitats?
 
Water courses of plain to montane levels with the Ranunculion fluitantis and Callitricho-Batrachion vegetation (3260) are widely distributed in Natura 2000 sites and many of them have the highest importance in Latvia and in the EU as this is a suitable habitat for many species, especially such fish species as salmons, trouts, eels and lamprey. River overgrowth caused by water eutrophication and global warming, as well as a decline in suitable spawning grounds for fish have a negative impact on habitat quality and species richness. This negative impact can be changed by appropriate management. The guidelines will help to choose the best management method for freshwater habitats taking into account available resources and priority needs for species and habitats. The testing of management methods in some EU priority habitats will serve as a good practical example for landowners. Testing will help to evaluate effectiveness of management methods. The aim of the tests is to find a solution which is not only effective, but also low cost, too. The elaboration of Guidelines for management of freshwater habitats and testing the management methods in Natura 2000 sites will help to strengthen biodiversity on Natura 2000 sites, improve habitats quality and involve the local community and landowners on practical nature conservation. The habitats will become more attractive for many endangered species.
 
Uniting all of the existing management practices into one comprehensive up-to-date publication will enable implementation of appropriate and harmonized management of freshwater habitats. Due to effective dissemination activities of the Project and the involvement of leading experts in the creation of these guidelines it will be an integral part of nature conservation and management implementation at the national level.
 
 
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Expected Results
 
1. Management guidelines presenting various management approaches and explanations as well as including testing results as examples will be available electronically in Latvian, English and Russian on the Projects` website and on NCA website.
2. Approximately 5 ha of EU priority habitats (3260 ) will be used for testing management methods.
3. A book and a brochure on Guidelines for habitat management of Natura 2000 sites will be produced