An international conference on the conservation and restoration of wooded meadows took place on 12-14 June in Estonia, near Parnu, with the participation of Naturalit project representatives from the Environmental Project Management Agency, the Ministry of the Environment, the Baltic Environmental Forum, and the directorates of Aukštaitija National Park and Labanoras Regional Park.
The conference was organized as part of the LIFE project “WoodMeadowLife” implemented in Estonia and Latvia, bringing together the experience of eight countries. Its focus was on the restoration and conservation of valuable European Union habitats, specifically 9070 Fennoscandian wooded pastures and 6530 Fennoscandian wooded meadows. Participants shared their country-specific practices, scientific research findings, progress in ongoing projects, experiences and methods related to engaging landowners and managers. Farmers actively involved in the restoration and maintenance of wooded meadows also shared their experiences, both positive and negative. Justas Gulbinas from the Baltic Environmental Forum presented the experience of “Naturalit” in restoring wooded meadows within the project’s territory.
Participants also took the opportunity to visit the Nedrema Nature Reserve and the Puhtu-Laelatu Reserve, where they had the chance to witness these wooded meadow habitats firsthand and appreciate their mysterious and uplifting atmosphere, along with the currently blooming orchids. Seeing these positive examples is truly inspiring, and the information and ideas gathered during the conference will be beneficial in addressing the best nature management practices for restoring and maintaining wooded meadows in Lithuania.
You can learn more about the conference presentations from the participants HERE