Baltic ornithological societies meet in Riga
On 2627 September representatives of BirdLife International partners in Estonia (EOS), Latvia (LOB) and Lithuania (LOD) met in Riga to evaluate common issues in organisations work, strengthen cooperation among them and discuss plans for 20142020.
During the first day, when common issues for the organisations were identified, special attention was paid to attraction and retention of members, work with youth and nature conservation projects that could be implemented by the three organisations together. It was agreed to keep organising similar meetings to exchange experience, e.g., on monitoring of Important Bird Areas / Natura 2000 sites and setting up a nest-card programme. The possibilities of using modern technologies were also discussed with some interesting examples presented by EOS.
During the second day the representatives of the societies prepared for discussion on 20132020 action plan of BirdLife Europe planned for November. What the priorities for Europe on forest conservation, management of specially protected areas, conservation of migratory birds and flyways and other areas should be was discussed.
Viesturs Kerus, CEO of LOB stated: Now not only European Union but also the rest of the world plans the time until 2020. It is clear that after 2020 our world will be different, and it is the task of us, partners of BirdLife International, to ensure that this world is nature- and human-friendly. One of the issues of special importance for Latvia is logging of forests during the breeding season of birds. Lithuania and Estonia have achieved significant progress restricting forestry activities during this period, but in Latvia and several other European countries such restrictions still need to be established.
Meeting was held within the project "Capacity building of Latvian Ornithological Society (LOB)". 92.07% of the project is financed by the European Union through the European Social Fund. The sub-measure is administered by the State Chancellery in cooperation with the Society Integration Foundation.