Nature conservation and biodiversity

Anda Ruskule

Environmental expert/ project manager
anda.ruskule[at]bef[dot]lv 
Tel.: 00371 6735 7548

Nature and the biodiversity can be viewed from many different perspectives – its intrinsic value formed by variability of all living organisms, ecosystems and ecological process; emotional and aesthetic experiences it provides, being source for recreation and outdoor activities as well as direct economic benefits from natural resources and food it supplies thus insuring the well-being of people. Furthermore nature is in charge for variety of ecosystem services, including climate regulation, nutrient recycling, flood prevention, etc. that keep in balance our planet. The new objectives of EU policy focus on bring down high species-extinction rates by 2020, restoring natural ecosystems in the EU as far as possible, and contribute more to averting a global problem. The actual issues of the nature programme include:  promoting of environmental friendly farming for maintenance of biodiversity;  insuring sustainable use of marine ecosystem by introducing maritime spatial planning; assessment of status of marine biodiversity by developing new indicators and innovative monitoring methods as well as  stakeholder information, involvement and integration in the nature management and planning process.