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International projects in which the Environmental Board has participated

1. LIFE to alvars

LIFE to alvars project is funded by the LIFE+ Nature Fund and the Environmental Investment Centre, the purpose of which was the restoration of alvar pastures of 2,500 hectares in the islands of Saaremaa, Muhumaa, Hiiumaa and in Lääne and Pärnu Counties. Additional information:; Annely Esko (


Project URBANCOWS is funded by the LIFE+ Nature Fund and the Environmental Investment Centre, the purpose of which is the restoration of coastal meadows of 250 hectares in the nature reserve of Pärnu coastal meadow. Additional information:; Bert Holm (

3. Talkoot, talgud, talkas – quality volunteer management for Nordic-Baltic protected areas

It is a cooperation project of Estonia, Latvia and Finland for the organisation of conservation volunteering. In the frames of the project, experts are exchanged, volunteer managers are trained, people participate in each other’s volunteering, a web-based guideline of organisation of volunteering is prepared and national strategies for the inclusion of volunteers are prepared. Additional information: Kaili Viilma (

4. Pearlriver

In the course of the project, the naturalness of the basin of the Pudisoo River is restored so that the natural reproduction of freshwater pearl mussel is restored. Additional information: Aimar Rakko (

5. Development cooperation project with the Natural Conservation Agency of Georgia

Management of national network of protected areas and practical cooperation on nature conservation. The purpose of the project is to introduce the organisation of the administration and management of Estonian protected areas, reflect some specific organisation aspects in detail and introduce cooperation possibilities in the field of nature conservation in the future. Additional information: Tarvo Roose (

6. BECOSI: Benchmarking on Contaminated Sites

The purpose of the project is to exchange information and experiences with the countries participating in the project (Estonia, Latvia, Finland, Sweden) by increasing cooperation in the Central Baltic Region for better management of the contaminated sites. Another purpose is to make the Baltic Sea Region a more environmentally friendly and sustainable place by decreasing the impact of hazardous substances. Additional information:; Kadri Haamer (

7. Natureship - Integrated planning and management in the Baltic Sea Region

In the frames of international cooperation, skills on how to use old archive materials to plan nature conservation in the coastal areas are brought to Estonia. In Estonia, there is not enough information on how to ensure a favourable state of coastal lagoons. In the course of the project, studies are conducted and wording to describe and ensure favourable state of coastal lagoons as Natura habitat is obtained. In addition, the impact of various acts on the planning of coastal areas is studied. Additional information: Kaja Lotman (

8. Tuned nature management in transboundary area of Estonia and Latvia

The purpose of the project is to prepare a strategy in the frames of transboundary cooperation of Estonia and Latvia in the project area for common nature conservation activity. In the areas near the borders, inventories of key species and communities of the areas are carried out based on common methodology. In the course of the project, restoration works in the habitats of wood grouse, wooded meadows and habitats of great snipe are planned to be conducted. Also, technical means to sustainably maintain the restored areas in the future are improved. Additional information:; Eleri Laidma (

9. Dragonlife

The purpose of the project is to protect and preserve the population of yellow-spotted whiteface and common spadefoot toad in the northern border of the range in Estonia and Denmark. Additional information:, Voldemar Rannap (

10. LIFE-BaltCoast (Rehabilitation of the Baltic Coastal Lagoon Habitat Complex)

The purpose of the project is to protect and restore the habitats of coastal lagoons of the Baltic Sea in Estonia, Sweden, Lithuania, Poland and Germany, 34 areas in total. Additional information:, Tarvo Roose (

11. DEVEPARK (Sustainable historic park management and development in Finland and Estonia)

The purpose of the project is to support transboundary cooperation of Estonia and Finland in the development and management of historic parks, including to support the use of the parks through better informing and inclusion of interests groups and introducing the parks as an attractive historic natural and cultural heritage. Additional information: Inge Kiisler (

12. Organisation of river habitat protection in the Natura 2000 areas of Ida-Viru County

The purpose of the project is to organise the protection of species and habitats related to the watercourses in the special conservation areas of Ida-Viru County determined by the Natura 2000 network. The project focuses on the organisation of the protection of the special conservation areas upstream and downstream of the Narva River and the Tagajõe, Pühajõe, Padajõe and Avijõe Rivers. Additional information: Maret Vildak (

13. Back to nature (Elaborating joint tools for environmental education as efficient mean of management of protected areas)

The purpose of the project is to support transboundary cooperation of Estonia and Latvia through environmental education in wetlands. Additional information: Maris Kivistik (

14. Development of data-modelling system and the decision support tool for the integrated marine and inland water management

The general purpose of the project is to from a system that can use various models for modelling processes related to the sea and the surface water of the land. The realisation of the project helps to organise the protection of bodies of water and improve the availability of information related to bodies of water, including information related to the state, load and measures. Competent authorities have the possibility to use information operatively in making various decisions which in turn ensures savings of work time. Additional information: Kristiina Välik (

15. Parks & Benefits - Generating socio-economic effects by a sustainable management of protected areas for the benefit of their regions

The purpose of the project is to strengthen local cooperation network to which accommodation and catering undertakings, local people, guides, organisers of boat and canoe trips, local societies and fishermen are included. This is done to liven the economic environment of the region, improve availability of protected areas and increase interest in the nature reserves and its products. The project is carried out in Matsalu National Park and in its vicinity. Additional information: Nele Sõber (

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