European Commission LIFE programm project LIFE REstore “Sustainable and responsible management and re-use of degraded peatlands in Latvia” (LIFE REstore, LIFE14 CCM/LV/001103) invites to participate in the international conference "Sustainable Management of Degraded Peatlands and Climate Change Mitigation” that will take place on June 13-14, 2019 at theAcademic Center for Natural Sciences of the University of Latvia (1 Jelgava street, Riga, Latvia).

The goal of this conference: to raise awareness of peatlands’ role in climate change mitigation. Themes of the conference include:

  • The influence of differently managed peatlands on climate change mitigation; development of national GHG emission factors;
  • After-use of peatlands affected by peat extraction; recommendations for their sustainable management;
  • Inclusion of assessment of ecosystem services in the planning of future use of degraded peatlands.

Working language: Latvian and English (simultaneous translation will be provided).

Conference will be held over two days:

  • June 13, 2019 – Thursday - Day 1
    • Time: 8.30 – 17.30
    • Where: Academic Center for Natural Sciences of the University of Latvia, 1 Jelgava street, Riga, Latvia
    • What: Presentations, Poster sessions, Demonstrations of LIFE REstore database and optimisation model etc.
  • June 14, 2019 - Friday - Day 2
    • Time: 8.30 - 14.30
    • Where: Kaigu Mire (Jelgava Municipality); starting at Academic Center for Natural Sciences of the University of Latvia
    • What: Field trip to LIFE REstore demo sites where after-use measures of degraded peatlands were implemented; demonstration of GHG emission measurements

Registration for the participation: HERE. There is no registration fee.

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Agenda

June 13, 2019 - DAY 1

8.30

Registration

9.00

Significance of peatland management in the context of nature conservation.Juris Jātnieks, Director General of Nature Conservation Agency of Latvia

9.10

The contribution of LIFE programme in Latvia.Ilona Mendziņa, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development, Deputy Director of Department of Nature Protection

9.20

LIFE REstore – the first climate project of EU LIFE programme in Latvia. Framework and achievements. Ieva Saleniece, LIFE REstore Manager, Nature Conservation Agency of Latvia

Session 1 – Impact of Peatlands on Climate Change Mitigation

9.40

Objectives of EU LULUCF sector for climate change mitigation, and their achievement (video-conference). Giacomo Grassi, European Commission, JRC

10.20

The contribution of LIFE REstore project in development and implementation of climate policy.Ilze Prūse, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development, Director of Climate Change Department

10.35

The contribution of LIFE REstore project to improvement of activity data for accounting greenhouse gas emissions due to management of wetlands. Andis Lazdiņš, LIFE REstore Expert, Senior Researcher at Latvian State Forest Research Institute "Silava"

10.55

Coffee break, poster session, LIFE REstore short films, demonstration of database of peatlands affected by peat extraction and optimisation model

11.25

Results of GHG emission measurements in differently managed peatlands in Latvia – the basis for new national GHG emission factors. Ainārs Lupiķis, LIFE REstore Expert, Researcher at Latvian State Forest Research Institute "Silava"

11.55

Paris 2015 and peatlands – vision and reality. Experience in Europe with different after-uses of degraded peatlands during last decades.Bernd Hofer, International Peat Society, Chair of Peatland and Environment Commission

12.25

Panel Discussion: LULUCF sector, national GHG emission factors

12.50 Peat sculpture "Human and nature" opening - present to the University of Latvia

12.50

LUNCH

Session 2 – Management recommendations for peatlands affected by peat extraction

13.30

Conditions of peatland management in Latvia after peat extraction. Recultivation types of degraded peatlands and recommendations for sustainable management. Ingrīda Krīgere, LIFE REstore Expert, Member of the Board of Latvian Peat Association

13.50

Importance of ecosystem services provided by Latvian mires. Andris Širovs, Director of Nature Conservation Agency, Pierīga Regional Administration

14.05

LIFE REstore developed optimisation model for sustainable management of territories affected by peat extraction. Elina Konstantinova, LIFE REstore Expert, Association “Baltic Coasts”

14.20

Functional land management model – a tool for planning of sustainable land management policy. Aleksejs Nipers, Senior Researcher at the Institute of Economics and Regional Development, Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies

14.40

Linking the LIFE REstore recommendations for after-use of degraded peatlands with Guidelines for sustainable use of peat. Kristīne Gāga, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development, Senior Expert at Department of Environmental Protection

14.50

Responsible peatland management in Latvia. Uldis Ameriks, Chairman of the Board of “Laflora” Ltd.

15.05

Coffee break, poster session, LIFE REstore short films, demonstration of database of peatlands affected by peat extraction and optimisation model

15.35

Peatland restoration at a national scale: Scotland’s Peatland ACTION project. Emily Taylor, Peatland ACTION Project Officer, Crichton Carbon Centre

15.55

Pennine PeatLIFE - geographically appropriate Sphagnum-based bog restoration techniques. Paul Leadbitter, Pennine PeatLIFE Manager

16.15

Peatland renaturalization experience in Latvia and results of vegetation studies in LIFE REstore project. Māra Pakalne, LIFE REstore Expert, University of Latvia, Association “Baltic Coasts”

16.30

Wise use of degraded peatlands – tool to mitigate climate change.Nerijus Zableckis, Projects Managerof Lithuania Fund for Nature, LIFE Peat Restore

16.50

Experiences and challenges of restoration and use of peatlands in Estonia.Juri-Ott Salm, Project Coordinator, Estonian Fund for Nature, LIFE Mires Estonia

17.10

Closing of the conference

* Vegetarian options of menus will be available for lunch.

** Conference program may be revised.

Other activities on the conference Day 1

  • Poster sessions
  • Demonstration of database of peatlands affected by peat extraction
  • Demonstration of optimisation model for sustainable management of peatlands affected by peat extraction
  • Demonstration of LIFE REstore short films
  • Peat sculpture “Human and nature”
  • Photography exhibition “Restoring Peatlands for Climate”

June 14, 2019 – FIELD TRIP TO LIFE RESTORE DEMONSTRATION SITES

When: June 14, 2019 at 8.20

Where: We invite you to use transport provided by LIFE REstore – from Academic Center for Natural Sciences of the University of Latvia, Jelgavas Street 1, Rīga, at 8.20.

Field trip to LIFE REstore demo sites where after-use types of peatlands affected by peat extraction were implemented.

8.30

Departure from Rīga to Jelgava municipality

10.00

Introduction of responsible peatland management in Kaigu Mire, at peat extraction and processing company “Laflora” Ltd.

10.30

Visit to LIFE REstore afforestation demo site

11.30

Demonstration of greenhouse gas emission measurement process

12.00

Picnic lunch

12.30

Visit to LIFE REstore highbush blueberry plantation demo site

13.00

Departure to Rīga (return at 14.30)

POSTER SESSION

LIFE RESTORE PROJECT POSTERS

  • Five demonstration areas in the project - evaluation of impact on the GHG emissions. Andis Lazdiņš, Aldis Butlers, Ainārs Lupiķis, Arta Bārdule
  • Inventory of territories affected by peat extraction and its results. Juris Pētersons, Andis Lazdiņš
  • LIFE REstore project open access database and its application. Ieva Bukovska
  • Three-dimensional hydrogeological modelling in demonstration sites in Lauga and Ķemeri Bogs. Oļģerts Aleksāns, Juris Pētersons
  • After-use of post-harvested peatlands and restoration of the raised bog: assessing the economic value of ecosystem services. Aija Persevica, Elina Konstantinova, Liga Brunina
  • Establishment of Highbush Blueberry Vaccinium corymbosum and Large Cranberry Vaccinium macrocarpon plantations in peatlands degraded by peat extraction. Juris Pētersons
  • Peatland recultivation - a case study of a commercial tree plantation in a former peat extraction area. Dagnija Lazdiņa, Santa Neimane, Santa Celma, Vita Krēsliņa, Kārlis Dūmiņš, Toms Arturs Štāls, Modris Okmanis, Gints Spalva, Andis Lazdiņš, Kristaps Makovskis
  • Renaturalization (Sphagnum Planting) of degraded peatland in LIFE REstore demo site atĶemeriNational Park. Agnese Rudusāne, Māra Pakalne, Juris Pētersons
  • Stabilization of the hydrological regime of the Višezers Lake at LIFE REstore demo site in Lauga Mire. Agnese Rudusāne, Juris Pētersons
  • A type of peatland recultivation: reforesting. Dagnija Lazdiņa, Ingrīda Krīgere, Inārs Dreimanis, Laimdota Kalniņa, Andis Lazdiņš
  • A type of peatland recultivation: establishing arable land for the cultivation of arable crops. Ingrīda Krīgere, Inārs Dreimanis, Dace Siliņa, Laimdota Kalniņa, Andis Lazdiņš
  • A type of peatland recultivation: cultivation of large cranberries. Ingrīda Krīgere, Inārs Dreimanis, Dace Siliņa, Laimdota Kalniņa, Andis Lazdiņš
  • A type of peatland recultivation: cultivation of highbush blueberries and lowbush blueberries. Ingrīda Krīgere, Dace Siliņa, Inārs Dreimanis, Laimdota Kalniņa, Andis Lazdiņš
  • A type of peatland recultivation: paludicultures. Ingrīda Krīgere, Laimdota Kalniņa, Ilze Ozola, Andis Lazdiņš
  • A type of peatland recultivation: renaturalisation. Ingrīda Krīgere, Laimdota Kalniņa, Inārs Dreimanis, Māra Pakalne, Andis Lazdiņš
  • A type of peatland recultivation: establishing of water reservoirs. Ingrīda Krīgere, Inārs Dreimanis, Laimdota Kalniņa, Andis Lazdiņš
  • Type of peatland recultivation: perennial grasslands. Ingrīda Krīgere, Inārs Dreimanis, Laimdota Kalniņa, Dace Siliņa, Andis Lazdiņš
  • LIFE REstore project: summary. Ieva Saleniece, Anda Zālmane

OTHER POSTERS

  • Alternative use of peat. Edgars Ameriks.
  • Characteristics of deposit and water chemical composition and pollution from Lauga bog. Jānis Dreimanis, Laimdota Kalniņa, Līga Paparde
  • Cultivation of large cranberries in peat bog in Latvia. Līga Vilka, Dace Siliņa
  • EU protected mire habitat mapping and quality assessment by airborne remote sensing data. Rūta Abaja, Dainis Jakovels, Jevgēnijs Fiļipovs, Juris Taškovs, Gatis Eriņš
  • Evidence of climate changes in Lubāns wetland deposits: example of Sūļagols and Asne site. Līga Paparde, Laimdota Kalniņa, Jānis Dreimanis, Aija Ceriņa
  • Innovative method of greenhouse gas emission assessment for peatlands based on remote sensing data and GEST analysis. Rūta Abaja, Jevgēnijs Fiļipovs, Līga Strazdiņa, Māra Pakalne, Dainis Jakovels
  • Mapping of ecosystems and their services – Latvian coastal ecosystems case study. Inga Hoņavko
  • Nature Census in Latvia. Irisa Mukāne, Gita Strode, Anita Namatēva
  • Peatland restoration for carbon sequestration and climate change mitigation in three Latvian peatlands – LIFE project “Peat Restore”. Māra Pakalne, Līga Strazdiņa, Agnese Priede, Krišjānis Libauers
  • Restoration experiment of Sphagnummagellanicumin the Pyrenean mires. Jordina Gili, Aaron Pérez Haase, Jaume Espuny
  • Spontaneous revegetation in harvested peatlands in Latvia provides indicators for assessing success of rehabilitation. Agnese Priede, Anna Mežaka
  • The importance of geological studies for the assessment of degraded peatlands. Laimdota Kalniņa, Ingrīda Krīgere, Jānis Dreimanis, Agnese Rudusāne, Līga Paparde, Reinis Bitenieks
  • Ecosystems services economic valuation: case study in Latvia.Aija Persevica, Elina Konstantinova, Liga Brunina

CONFERENCE'S BOOK OF ABSTRACTS

Additional information: Ms.Anda Zālmane, LIFE REstore communications specialist, Nature Conservation Agency of Latvia, +371 26539348, anda.zalmane@daba.gov.lv

The LIFE REstore International Closing Conference is organized with the financial support of European Commission LIFE Programme and the Administration of Latvian Environmental Protection Fund, within the framework of project “Sustainable and responsible management and re-use of degraded peatlands in Latvia” (LIFE REstore, LIFE14 CCM/LV/001103).

The report contains only the vision of the LIFE REstore project developers. The European Commission Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.