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  • Bringing neighbours closer

    Bringing neighbours closer

    Welcome to the Interreg V-A Latvia–Lithuania Programme 2014–2020!

    About the programme
  • Bringing neighbours closer

    Bringing neighbours closer

    Welcome to the Interreg V-A Latvia–Lithuania Programme 2014–2020!

  • Bringing neighbours closer

    Bringing neighbours closer

    Welcome to the Interreg V-A Latvia–Lithuania Programme 2014–2020!

LLI-449 Improving Governance and Management of Lakes in Kurzeme and North Lithuania (Live Lake)

The project involves 10 lakes and one pond in Kurzeme region, Latvia and 3 lakes in Northern Lithuania. Since the lakes are different by type and origin, they also have different management needs and problems. The project addresses lake management problems like flooding and unstable hydrological regimes, overgrowing with reeds and bushes, water quality problems and pollution, safety and navigation. Besides the practical management, there is also a demand from project partners to improve the governance of the lakes, and education of local residents on the issues that are important to save the lake ecosystems.
The project aims to increase efficiency of lake resource management and governance.
Lake exploitation rules are developed for Durbe, Usma, Puze and Sasmaka lakes.  Study of pollution in Usma lake provides information about the contamination of the lake. Nature management plan is developed for Tosmare lake. Action Plan for Improvement of Water Quality is developed in Plateliai lake.
Habitat management activities are implemented in Būšenieku, Tosmare lakes and Kirkilai karstic lakes. Reed cutting equipment is purchased and reedland management ensured in Cierere, Remte, Brocēni, Tāšu, Platelieai and Usma lakes. Cleaning of water reservoir ‘Dzirnavu dīķis’ on Tebra river in Aizpute town is done to stop overgrowth and improve ecological conditions. Two local cleaning events are organised in Širvėna lake for picking up the garbage from the lake. Water level loggers for groundwater monitoring are purchased for use in Tosmare and Platelieai lakes. Navigation equipment for Ciecere lake is set up, including buoys and navigation signs. Security camera system for strict protected nature reserve Moricsala in Usma lake will is set up to monitor the Usma lake aquatorium in the Moricsala. Reconstruction of sluices is done in Sasmaka lake.
Educational campaign for limiting the use of phosphorus in the project region is implemented by creating animated movie, application for phones and educational program that is disseminated in schools in the project region for education of children. Also, educational campaign about amphibians is organised in Kurzeme to draw the public’s attention to the disappearance of amphibians (e.g., toads, frogs). Mobile exhibition about the development of lakes and their nature values is organised and exhibited in at least 8 locations. Nature Conservation Agency from Latvia has developed educational programme about waterbody ecosystems (including species identification guides and computer graphics that explain the creation and development of lakes) and offer lessons to schools at the Nature Education Center in Slītere, Liepāja and other places, as well as offer developed methodology to schools for use in biology lessons. Educational room with equipment, interactive game and materials for laboratory is established in Biržai Regional Park as well.
Cross border cooperation for the management or natural resources ensure exchanging information and experiences, as well ensure common platform for education and information activities. As a result, lake areas management and governance is improved. Educational activities included modern technologies to attract interest of younger generation in sustainable use of nature resources and environmentally friendly lifestyle.

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Phone: +371 67331492
Address: 4a Valguma Street, Riga, Latvia (Administration office)

29 May 2023

Activities of the LIVE LAKE project are completed

The Interreg Latvia-Lithuania programme project No.LLI-449 “Improving Governance and Management of Lakes in Kurzeme and North Lithuania” (LIVE LAKE) which has been jointly implemented by the Kurzeme planning region and its eight partners for more than two years concludes with an educational seminar on freshwater habitats and lake governance, management and related issues.

A two-day seminar for lake managers was held on May 23-24, at the Hotel USMA SPA in Ventspils County Municipality and gathered more than 50 participants.

The achievements of the partners from Kurzeme and Lithuania involved in the project – various measures to improve the management of lake areas in ten lakes and one reservoir in Kurzeme and three lakes in Northern Lithuania, as well as the educational measures implemented in the project.

Within the LIVE LAKE project, lake exploitation (management) regulations have been developed for several lakes in Kurzeme – Durbe, Usma, Puze and Sasmaka, while a Nature Management Plan has been developed and approved for the Nature Reserve Tosmare. Also, a plan has been developed for Lake Plateliai in Lithuania to improve water quality.

Also, various measures have been taken to improve the management of lakes in both Latvia and Lithuania, including clearing overgrowth, clearing banks of waste, managing reeds, purchasing navigation equipment, installing a system of surveillance cameras and other activities. Biotope management measures have been taken in the lakes of Bušenieku, Tosmare, as well as Kirkilai karstic lakes in Lithuania. Reed cutting equipment has been purchased for Tāši, Ciecere, Remte, Brocēni, Plateliai and Usma lakes and reed management has been started. In order to reduce overgrowth and improve the ecological situation, the cleaning of the Dzirnavu pond on the Tebra River in the town of Aizpute has been carried out. In Lake Sirvena in Lithuania, clean-ups were organized to free the shores from waste. Water level gauges have been purchased and installed for Tosmare and Plateliai lakes to measure ground water level fluctuations. Navigation equipment – buoys and navigation signs – has been installed in Lake Ciecere. A surveillance camera system has been installed in Moritssala Nature Reserve in Usma Lake, as well as equipment has been purchased to ensure monitoring in the water area of Moritzsala in Usma Lake. The locks in Sasmaka Lake have been reconstructed.

In addition to various activities related to lake management, educational events were also held within the project, including an educational campaign in schools to limit the use of phosphorus and nitrogen. An educational campaign about amphibians “Mission – TOAD. Save the prince!” was organized and received a great response among children and young people, and drew public attention to the extinction of amphibians. A traveling mobile exhibition “Life in the lake” has been created about the development of lakes and natural values. Nature Conservation Agency has also created an educational program and methodical materials for introducing to lake ecosystems. An environmental education room with equipment, interactive games and laboratory equipment has been created in the Biržai Regional Park in Lithuania.

As a result of the project, the capacity of the involved partners to manage natural resources has been increased, providing both infrastructure investments and new knowledge, as well as improving the management of lake territories.

Information about the project results is available at Kurzeme Planning Region webpage:

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15 September 2022

Opening of the mobile in-doors exhibition LIFE IN THE LAKE

Slītere National Park Nature Center of Nature Conservation Agency in Latvia invites families with children to the opening of interactive traveling exhibition LIFE IN THE LAKE.

Opening will take place in Šlītere lighthouse (Talsi County, Dundaga municipality) on Sunday September 18 at 11 A.M.  

After the opening and visiting the exhibition, everyone is welcomed to visit the Lake Pēterezers nearby where the special lesson about lake inhabitants will take place. Lesson will be guided by the author of the exhibition, hydro-biologist Loreta Urtāne.  

“The heroes of this exhibition are the Kurzeme lakes and their various inhabitants. Only by learning, getting to know and understanding them, we will learn to manage the lake in a friendly way and be able to properly protect it. This is what this exhibition is about!” reveals the author of the exhibition, hydrobiologist, representative of the “Udensaina” society, Loreta Urtāne.

The exhibition with 11 informative stands, five different lake cognitive games and tasks will offer to discover the lake’s ecosystem in an exciting way, inviting to better understand the role of the lake and its surroundings as a habitat for aquatic plants, aquatic animals, insects, fish and birds. It will be an opportunity to learn more than one interesting fact about the inhabitants of the lake, see them “in the face” and better remember them. At the exhibition, you will also be able to understand the formation, development, and management possibilities of lakes, gain an insight into their research, as well as the human influence on the development of the lake environment. A special place in the exhibition is dedicated to the Kurzeme lakes.

The exhibition will be on display at the Šlītere lighthouse until October 2, after which it will begin its journey around Kurzeme and North Lithuania. Information about the location of the traveling exhibition will be published on the administration’s website , as well as on the

Exhibition is created in the project LLI-449 “Improving Governance and Management of Lakes in Kurzeme and North Lithuania” (LIVE LAKE).

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30 August 2022

Live Lake Project Current Achievements

Partners of the project “Improving Governance and Management of Lakes in Kurzeme and North Lithuania” (LIVE LAKE) have been implementing the planned activities.

Development of lake exploitation rules is onging in four lakes of Kurzeme region – Sasmaka, Usma, Durbe and Puze. Most of them are planned to be elaborated by the end of 2022.

The two biggest investments of the Project are completed. Cleaning of Dzirnavu Pond on Tebra River in Aizpute has been completed in the section from Liepājas Street until the pedestrian bridge at 5B Liepājas Street. During the vegetation period, the Pond was overgrown with aquatic plants. The treatment of dead parts of aquatic plants has a positive effect on species diversity. Sediments, which were 1.2 – 1.5 m thick mineral sediments and sludge mixtures, were taken out, which significantly improved the water quality in the Pond. The value of the river has increased from environment point of view as well as from landscape, health and well-being of the town population as a whole.

Also, reconstruction of the partially collapsed sluices of the Lake Sasmaka has been carried out. The sluices will prevent flooding risks, stabilize the water level, thus providing major contributing to the improvement of the ecosystem status of Lake Sasmaka in the future.

The Latvian Nature Conservation Agency has been implementing habitat management activities in nature reserves “Būšnieku ezera krasts” and “Tosmare”. Also, the Latvian Nature Conservation Agency completed the education campaign for protection of amphibians, as well as started to develop educational programme about coastal lakes.

Within the project, Saldus County Municipality (the former Brocēni Municipality) has purchased reed cutting equipment and ensured reed cutting in Lake Remte, Lake Ciecere, and Lake Brocēnu. Also, Ventspils County Municipality purchased reed cutting equipment and started reed cutting in Lake Usma.

Directorate of Žemaitija National Park has purchased a reed cutter and started manage reedland in Lake Plateliai to reduce the area overgrown due to eutrophication.

Directorate of Žemaitija National Park started to develop Action Plan for Improvement of Water Quality in Lake Lake Plateliai.

Directorate of Žemaitija National Park, in cooperation with Kurzeme Planning Region is preparing to implement education campaign in schools for limiting phosphor and nitrogen use in project region in autumn 2022.

In June 2022 Kurzeme Planning Region organised study visit to Rāzna and Lubāna lakes in Latvia for project partners and other target group representatives. It was a great possibility to introduce with lake management and nature conservation in lakes of Latgale region in Latvia and exchange experience.

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14 February 2022

Mission – Toad. Save the Prince!

Nature Conservation Agency in Latvia started education campaign about amphibians ‘Mission – Toad. Save the Price!’

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30 August 2021

Partners of the Live Lake Project take measures to manage lakes

Partners of the project “Improving Governance and Management of Lakes in Kurzeme and North Lithuania” (LIVE LAKE) have started carrying out the planned activities.

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Last updated: 15.04.2024 12:38