European Neighbourhood and partnership instrument`s cross-border cooperation programmes’ representatives meeting in Nature Conservation Agency of Latvia
On 25th of October - day, when in Latvia was first snow was falling, the European Neighbourhood and partnership instrument`s cross-border cooperation programme (ENPI CBC) representatives visited Latvia and organizations which implement cross border cooperation projects in Sigulda district, including Nature Conservation Agency of Latvia.
During the meeting three Estonia – Latvia – Russia cross border cooperation programme projects were presented. Two of them are implemented by Sigulda District Council – “Establishment of Environment in Voru (EE), Sigulda (LV), St.Petersburg (RU) for development of tourism” was presented by Ms. Inga Pole from Sigulda Distict Council and „Development of Baltic Tourist Network in "Via Hanseatica Development Zone"” was presented by Ms. Laura Konstante from Sigulda Tourism Development Agency. Ms. Meldra Langenfelde and Ms. Ilze Vanaga from Nature Conservation Agency of Latvia presented project „Promoting nature education as efficient mean of awareness raising” and communication activities in this project.
One of the main themes for discussions was the European Cooperation day, which was celebrated in the end of September all around Europe. Experiences about organization of different activities for this event were shared by representatives of both Latvian and foreign guests. Interact ENPI CBC programme representatives told more about European Cooperation day campaign in social media and how these tools can be used for the promotion of each single cross-borders cooperation project.
Nature Conservation Agency is the Lead Partner in the Estonia – Latvia – Russia cross border cooperation programme project „Promoting nature education as efficient mean of awareness raising” which started on the 1st of April, 2012. The project will be implemented in the territories of Latvia, Estonia and Russian Federation. Its main aim is raising public environmental awareness for sustainable and integrated nature conservation in the region covered by the project activities, as well as improving capacity of participating institutions in the field of nature education. Duration of the project is 30 months – until the 30th of September, 2014. Project is co-financed by the Estonia-Latvia-Russia cross border cooperation Programme within European Neighborhood and Partnership instrument 2007-2013. The total project funding is 1 499 977 EUR.
There is a considerable variety of project partners, like state institutions, municipalities, NG-os and public equivalent bodies. From the Latvian side the project partners are Natural History Museum Support Society, Gauja National Park Foundation and Dagda local municipality; from the Estonian side – Tartu Environmental Education Centre and Peipsi Center for Transboundary Cooperation; from the Russian side – Pskov regional public organization "Lake Peipsi Project, Pskov", Federal State Institution "The Sebezh National Park", "Pskov regional center of the development of gifted children and youth", State committee on natural resources use and environment protection and Saint-Petersburg charitable public organization "Biologists for nature conservation".
During the implementation of the project it is planned to promote experience exchange among state institutions and non-governmental organizations of Estonia, Latvia and Russian Federation in nature education and development of nature education centers. The most visible outcomes of the project will be jointly developed modern nature education methods, study materials, as well as trained specialists in order to ensure sustainable nature education development and to inform public about the necessity of nature conservation. It is planned to develop capacity of 14 different nature education centers by ensuring more favorable conditions for successful development of them.
Project Contact person:
phone: +371 29482965
Nature Conservation Agency of Latvia
Public Relation Manager in the Project „Promoting nature education as efficient mean of awareness raising”
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