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NAT-PROGRAMME Experts Participate in Training Sessions About New Generation GPS Receivers
One of the tasks for the NAT-PROGRAMME experts is to map habitats and test various management methods.  In order to improve the process of obtaining nature data and mapping habitats, the Project has purchased new generation GPS receivers that allow working effectively in the field and also promote the use of paperless technologies, which is one of the goals of the LIFE+ programme.  As the implementation of these tasks is approaching, the Project Management Unit organised 2 training seminars about the effective use of these technologies.
In two training seminars in the middle of June, NAT-PROGRAMME experts and other employees of the Nature Conservation Agency practised using the new GPS receivers in habitat mapping, as well as found out about the mobile part of the nature data system „Ozols”. The seminars took place in Ļaudona and Ķemeri, gathering 34 participants. 
The practical part of the training sessions included practicing obtaining various types of data in the field. Training participants also received answers to various practical questions and found out, for example, that the GPS receivers work with a 2 meter precision, and that having access to internet is the only requirement for synchronising the data entered in the GPS receiver with the nature data system "Ozols". The GPS software enables particularly effective work, because it provides the option to upload data about various data layers to the GPS receiver and use this data whilst in the field. All habitat management actions and other nature data can then be marked on the data already uploaded on the GPS receiver. 
Seminar participants will use the skills acquired in the trainings in their everyday work by uploading data on the nature data system "Ozols". Currently there is no single, unified data base that would collect information about nature conservation and management activities carried out in Natura 2000 sites in one place. In order for these nature conservation and management activities to be methodologically evaluated and the data could be classified on "Ozols", the project team has developed a habitat and species classifier. 

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