LIFE+ project "Saving life in meanders and oxbow lakes of Emajõgi River on Alam-Pedja NATURA 2000 area" is launched to preserve valuable habitats and to guarantee populations stability of European conservation priority fish species on Alam-Pedja Natura 2000 area.
A project called HAPPYFISH has been launched to implement the aforementioned activities. The activities are funded by LIFE+ program, co-financed by Environmental Investment Centre and coordinated by NGO Eesti Loodushoiu Keskus/Wildlife Estonia, NGO Nature Protection Association Kotkas and Estonian Environmental Information and Technology Centre.
River Emajõgi with its oxbow lakes on Alam-Pedja Nature Reserve.
Happyfish selected as Best of the Best Life Nature project 2013!
Great recognition- LIFE happyfish project has been selected as one of
Latest survey indicates the positive effect of the re-opening work for the habitat quality and the fish population
The monitoring of the water quality and fish abundance (spring 2014) is showing big positive difference in favour of the re-opened oxbow lakes comparing to these with non-sufficient connection. The oxygen content is significantly better and the multitude of fish many times higher.
Happyfish is well-known and the work done at the oxbow lakes of Emajõgi River at Alam-Pedja Nature Reserve is introduced as a good sample of actions, improving the conservation status of valuable habitat and species. Area is one of the most popular places visited by the decision makers, experts and nature friends.
The commission of the environment of the Parliament of Estonia had a work session at the nature conservation centers of the Emajõgi River area, also in Alam-Pedja. Our experts presented the Happyfish project and the principles and values of the Natura 2000 during the presentations and field trips. Also, very interesting were several days spent together with the representatives of the LIFE Nature project WALPHY (LIFE07 ENV/B/000038) from Walloonia. The discussions and planning of the future cooperation was very fruitful.
The commission of the environment of the Parliament of Estonia.
Project Happyfish is celebrating the 20th anniversary of LIFE program and the Habitate Directive organizing open days for nature friends from local municipalities and mainly the schools in May, 2012. The days will be spent on the Emajõgi river and to get the best view possible, the trip will be made on the historical river vessel called Lodi.
Emajõgi River and re-opened oxbow lakes, nov 2011