Conservation and restoration of petrifying spring habitats (code *7220) in Estonia
LIFE12 NAT/EE/000860 LIFE Springday
Petrifying springs with tufa formation (a habitat type listed in Annex I of the EU habitats Directive - *7220) are one of the most valuable and ecologically interesting European ecosystems, and also one of the most difficult to protect. Protection of springs is not only a question of protection the physical entity defined as the spring. In Estonia they can form complexes with transition mires, fens, calcareous grasslands etc. In order to preserve this habitat of very limited expanse in the field, it is essential to preserve its surroundings and the whole hydrological system concerned not only in topographical catchment area but also in hydrological one.
The project will focus on the conservation arrangement aspects of petrifying spring habitats in 3 Natura 2000 sites in Estonia. The general objective is to prevent degradation of petrifying spring habitats and to achieve or maintain “favourable” conservation status. This will have the consequence of improving the conservation prospects for the many associated rare and endangered species and habitats they support.
Project duration: 01.07.2013 - 31.05.2018
Budget: 835 224.- EUR, European Commission contribution 75%
NGO Wildlife Estonia is established in 2000. Our aim is to protect rivers and other aquatic habitats. We care about the nature, biodiversity and fish in particular.
Springs, rivers and lakes are our common treasure. The more natural status they have the more precious they are.
Successful application and implementation of river restoration and fish population status improvement projects. Scientific ichthyology studies with traditional and modern bio-telemetric methods.
Eesti Loodushoiu Keskus, registration 80124928,
Address: Veski 4, 51005 Tartu, ESTONIA
Contact phone (+372) 51 76886