The LatViaNature Project of the Nature Conservation Agency has started testing new models of voluntary cooperation with private land owners in Latvia – an approach to the conservation of nature assets ​​based on contractual relations. Two pilot programmes – “Blooming Meadows” and “Living Forest” – have been developed for contributing to biodiversity in private perennial grasslands and forests outside protected nature areas, whose owners have voluntarily committed to improve biodiversity in their properties. The testing of the new cooperation models will take place on 140 farms throughout Latvia, more than 1000 hectares of private grasslands and forests. Cooperation agreements have been signed with the farms for participation in four-year pilot programmes with both individual consultations provided by nature experts and financial support for achieving results in the conservation of nature assets.

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