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Coastal habitats


Project "Development of relevant criteria and monitoring methodology of favourable conservation status of the coastal (terrestrial) habitats (EU Nature Directive Annex 1: 1210, 1220, 1230, 1310, 1620, 1640, 2110, 2120, 2130, 2140, 2190 and 2320) in Estonia." is funded by EEA Financial Mechanism 2009-2014. The project lasts from May 2014 to April 2016.

EEA Financial Mechanism 2009-2014 funded a wide variety of activities in Estonia; including a number of environmental projects through the Ministry of the Environment. Institute of Ecology is leader of this (habitats) project and this project is sub-project of Environmental programme “Integrated marine and inland water management”

The main objectives of thi project are:

  • develop criteria for evaluation of coastal inland habitats favorable conservation status
  • develop monitoring methodology of coastal inland habitats; and make first monitoring

Additional objectives: update databases, provide training cources, creating web and mobile applications.

Outline of the Project:There is no systematic monitoring for Nature Directive, (Appendix 1) coastal habitats in Estonia. Existing spatial data is based on expert assessments only. For several reasons, there are still no criteria elaborated for evaluating good environmental state of the coastal habitats – habitats are relatively young or dynamic. The main aim of the project is to elaborate long-lasting and cost-effective methodology for evaluating good environmental state of coastal habitats by taking into account the landscapes as dynamical systems. The results of the project will be disseminated among several stakeholders (State, local authorities, private enterprises, local inhabitants, land owners and -managers, tourists), enabling us to increase environmental awareness. Moreover, decision makers can use our high quality input (scientifically approved) in their management and development plans. In long run, environmental awareness helps to preserve favourable areas and favourable state of the coastal habitats, which in turn contributes to a better environmental state of coastal environment and integrated coastal management plans.

leader and coordinator

Reimo Rivis
e-mail: Reimo.Rivis....at....tlu.ee
tel: +372 6199837