Alternative use of biomass for maintenance of grassland biodiversity and ecosystem services

The main objective of the project:
to ensure maintenance of biologically valuable grasslands by enhancing alternative, economically sustainable approaches to the use of grassland biomass as well as establishing co-operation models between farmers, entrepreneurs and local authorities, this would ensure viability of grassland management and proposed technological solutions.

 Project acronym: LIFE GRASSSERVICE

 Project tasks:
 • To assess biological and economic value of grassland ecosystems and available amount of biomass at the two project pilot areas;
• To assess the use potential of the grassland biomass of the project pilot areas;
• To develop area specific technological solutions for grassland management and utilization of biomass in economically sustainable way;
• To inform local stakeholders about alternative options for use of grassland biomass;
 • To establish contacts and co-operation networks among land owners and entrepreneurs engaged in production of energy and various goods from grassland biomass;
 • To demonstrate in practice alternative technological solutions for biomass processing to wide range of interested stakeholders thus promoting application of proposed technologies and co-operation models elsewhere. Project activities will be carried out in two local municipalities of Latvia (Sigulda and Ludza), characterized by large areas of non-used agriculture land and abandoned grasslands, which due to lack of management are overgrowing and losing their biological value.





Project financed by

European Union LIFE+ Nature and biodiversity programme 

Project partners

Lead partner
Baltic Environmental Forum-Latvia


Latvijas Dabas fonds
Rīgas Tehniskā universitāte
SIA "Bio Re" 
Siguldas novada dome
Ludzas novada pašvaldība

Project number

 LIFE12 BIO/LV/001130

More information

Anda Ruskule
Project manager
Tel. 00371 6735 7548