The nature of Latvia is rich and diverse. Specially protected nature territories – nature reserves, nature parks, and strict reserves – are established in different places across the country. Sound management of these territories is necessary to maintain the integrity of specially protected nature areas for future generations. Therefore nature protection plans are developed in accordance with the requirements of legal acts. These plans include information on nature values and local economic developments as well as prescribe a range of maintenance activities to be handled.
Since 2004, most protected nature areas in Latvia became a part of the EU wide network of nature protection areas – Natura 2000. Environmental impact assessment of the proposed activity ought to be carried out if the operation is planned in the area or in the vicinity of Natura 2000 territory. The said is in line with the provisions of the EU Habitats Directive which are incorporated in the Law “On Environmental Impact Assessment”, as well as in the Regulations No. 83 of the Cabinet of Ministers of January 5, 2011 “Procedures for the environmental impact assessment of an intended activity”, and relatively also in the Law “On the Conservation of Species and Biotopes”.
ELLE consultants have actively participated in reviewing the procedures governing the development of the Nature protection plans. The company has acquired significant experience in preparation of these plans, and has conducted a number of impact assessment procedures on Natura 2000 territories in accordance with the guidelines developed by the Directorate-General of Environment of the European Commission.
Lūcija Kursīte, Project Manager