16. May 2011



On June 1-2, 2011 Estonian Vision Conference on Nature Conservation “National Parks – Pioneers of Nature Conservation” will be held at Palmse Manor conference centre in Lahemaa National Park. Conference is organized by Environmental Board and Estonian University of Life Sciences. Two-day conference is for invited guests and participation fee will not be charged.

Additional information about conference:

  • Leelo Kukk (Environmental Board, leelo dot kukk at keskkonnaamet dot ee)
  • Kalev Sepp (Estonian University of Life Sciences, kalev dot sepp at emu dot ee)
  • Maaria Semm (Estonian University of Life Sciences, maaria at emu dot ee)


Wednesday, 1st of June 2011

Moderator: Mart Külvik, Estonian University of Life Sciences

09.30-10.00 Welcome coffee
10.00-10.20 Conference opening – Keit Pentus, Minister of the Environment, Andres Onemar, DG Environmental Board
10.20-11.00 Lahemaa National Park: history, values and developments (478 KB) - Teet Koitjärv, DD Lahemaa National Park 1988-2005
11.00-11.40 Trends in nature conservation (12 MB) - Kalev Sepp, Estonian University of Life Sciences
11.40-12.30 Science and practical nature conservation: an ivory tower in an ant colony? (276 KB) - Asko Lõhmus, University of Tartu
12.30-14.00 Lunch
14.00-14.40 Landscape ecological functionality - what is needed for long term survival of the forest species, including the most demanding ones? (22 MB) - Leif Andersson, Pro Natura
14.40-15.20 Regional economic impacts of national park visitation in Finland (5.9 MB) - Liisa Kajala, Metsähallitus, Natural Heritage Services
15.20-15.50 Coffee break
15.50-16.30 The development of national parks in Scotland (and their relationship to other designations) (4.0 MB) - Ian Jardine, Scottish Natural Heritage
16.30-17.10 Protected areas legislation: trends and opportunities (1.3 MB) - Alejandro Iza, IUCN Law Centre
19.00-22.00 Environmental Board reception in Palmse Manor house

Thursday, 2nd of June 2011

Excursion around Lahemaa National Park for foreign participants from aboard, guided by Katrin Jürgens and Teet Koitjärv

8.30 start from Palmse Guest House
9.00-11.30 Oandu forest nature trail (4 km)
11.30-12.00 Kopra nature trail (1 km)
12.10-13.00 Altja fishermen’s village, erratics and seacoast, birdwatching, packed lunch
13.45-14.30 Nõmmeveski and Vasaristi waterfalls, the Baltic Glint
15.00-16.15 Viru bog nature trail (3 km)
16.30-17.00 Muuksi alvars and ancient settlement area (Hundikangrud)
18.00 arrival at Tallinn
Please wear clothes appropriate for the weather conditions and comfortable shoes. Rubber boots are not needed.

The excursion is without participation fee for invited participants.

Conference programme in English and in Estonian

Location, accommodation and transportation

Palmse Manor is situated 77 km east of Tallinn (web page; map)

Participants have to book and cover the accommodation by themselves. Special accommodation rates have been negotiated with the Nordic Hotel Forum (in Tallinn), Palmse guesthouse and Park-Hotel Palmse (in Palmse), if you make reservation by May 23th, 2011. Please note, in case of reservation after deadline the rates will be on request basis and subject to availability. Nordic Hotel Forum is located in Viru Väljak 3, Tallinn; web page We have an agreement for special price 84 EUR per night in single room. Booking and additional information: anne dot niit at kalevatravel dot ee.

Palmse guesthouse and Park-Hotel Palmse are situated within walking distance from conference venue. We have an agreement with 10-15% discount off the regular room rates. Booking and additional information:

  • Palmse guesthouse: e-mail, web page
  • Park-Hotel Palmse: e-mail info at phpalmse dot ee, web page

Organizers have arranged conference transfer for participants from abroad between Tallinn and Palmse. Minibus is leaving from Nordic Hotel Forum to conference venue on 1st of June at 8.00. Bus is coming back from Palmse to Tallinn on 2nd of June after excursion around Lahemaa national park.

Approximate arrival time to Tallinn is at 18.00.

15. May 2011

Anniversary Party of Lahemaa National Park


Anniversary Party of Lahemaa National Park takes place on May 29, 2011. The party is held at Palmse Manor and admission is free.

More information in Estonian

18. April 2011

Lahemaa National Park celebrates 40th Anniversary in 2011


There is a bundle of activities going on to celebrate Lahemaa’s 40th year as a national park. Founded in 1971, it was the first national park in Estonia, in Baltic States and even in the former USSR. Lahemaa National Park is Estonia’s largest and also closest to Tallinn. It is home to permanent communities of bear, wolf and lynx and edged by deserted beaches and small fishing villages.

The list of activities (in Estonian)