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About the project

Project title: “Joint Management of Urban Wetland Areas in border region Latvia-Lithuania”

Project acronym: Urb-Area

Project number: LLI – 472

ERDF funding: 319 719.36 EUR

Program website www.latlit.eu

Official EU website www.europa.eu

The project addresses management of natural and semi-natural ecosystems of urban wetlands in two neighbouring cross border areas – Daugavpils (Latvia) and Anykščiai (Lithuania). Both municipalities face lack of understanding by responsible institutions and inhabitants the importance of urban wetlands’ eco-system for natural balance . 

The project aims to develop the innovative integrated and efficient approach for joint cross-border management of urban wetlands. 

Two urban areas wetlands will be managed within the project – ponds in the territory of Latgale Zoo (Daugavpils, Latvia) and Green pond in Anykščiai (Lithuania). 

The biodiversity inventory is planned for both wetlands, common action plan will be created and it will include recommendations and measures for future preservation of urban wetlands.

Both ponds and their surrounding areas will be cleaned from litter, and overgrown plants (reeds and bushes) will be removed. It is expected that the cleaning of the ponds and their banks will give the impulse to wetlands’ nature to regenerate. 

To manage the flow of visitors and to reduce disturbance of the nature the paths and benches for visitors will be set-up. Also, visitors will be able to observe the wetlands’ species remotely: outdoor cameras will be set up on the territories of wetlands and videos from both wetlands could be seen on-line and on the indoor screens in Latgale Zoo and Anykščiai Tourism and Business Information Center. Also, the visitors and everybody who is interested will be able to use information on both wetlands, what species live there, what are their roles in wetland bio-system, how should they be treated. The same user-friendly information could also be used on mobile devices.

Both partners shall also organise environmental education activities for general public: children, pupils, students, and all nature lovers. Joint lectures will be organised, e-catalogues will be created, video materials will be developed. 

Visitor counters will be set up at the entrances of Latgale Zoo and Anykščiai Green Pond area to monitor the amount of people entering the wetlands’ areas and prevent those from over-visiting. Besides, the security cameras to monitor the public order will be set up in Latgale Zoo and connected to Daugavpils city video surveillance system operated by municipal police. 

It is expected that after the project about 15 000 people each year will use the results of the project in Daugavpils and Anykščiai.

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