Securing Sustainable Farming to Ensure Conservation of Globally Threatened Bird Species in Agrarian Landscape (Baltic Aquatic Warbler)

The LIFE+ project is bringing together organizations determined to address the needs of the globally threatened Aquatic Warbler (Acrocephalus paludicola) species by promoting sustainable farming practices, restoring important habitats and raising public awareness in Lithuania and Latvia in 2010-2015. 

Project activities

  • Monitoring of the breeding Aquatic Warbler population and their habitats to collect baseline information on the species;
  • Restoration of abandoned bird habitats in the area covering more than 1300 hectares;
  • Developing of the special agro-environmental scheme for the Nemunas River delta region and integration with the National Rural Development Plan;
  • Establishing dialog with the local farmers about their involvement in the management of the breeding habitats of the globally threatened species;
  • Study visits aimed at collecting best practice examples for combining local business development and biodiversity conservation; 
  • Capacity building of nature conservation authorities and strengthening dialogue with local communities; 
  • Public awareness raising.



BEF Lithuania (Project coordinator) 

Kretinga State Forest Enterprise

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Latvian Fund for Nature

Zuvintas Biosphere Reserve Directorate


Nature conservation and protected areas

Zymantas Morkvenas
Project Manager
Tel. +370 5 255 3145
E-mail zymantas.morkvenas[at]bef[dot]lt


09/2010 – 08/2015


The project is co-financed by the European Union LIFE+ Programme, Republic of Lithuania, Republic of Latvia and the project partners.

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