The objective of this project was to ensure Lithuania's full compliance with the EU nature protection requirements. This was done through revision and implementation of national policies and procedures, with particular focus on implementation of the EEC Habitats Directive (92/43) and the EEC Birds Directive (79/409).
Another important goal was to develop management and action plans for the proposed pilot areas, conforming to the environmental requirements of the EU Acquis.
The project’s main aim was to finalise the Natura 2000 process in Lithuania in the course of 18 months. This involved the development of management plans for 60 designated Natura 2000 sites, elaboration of proposals for institutional adjustments and legal amendments, and capacity building of government staff.
The project was the third consecutive project where Preferred by Nature (formerly known as NEPCon) assisted the implementation of the Lithuanian Natura 2000 process. The two previous projects spanned 4,5 years in total.
Preferred by Nature provided project management and technical assistance to the training and management plan components of the project.
Results and impact
The outcomes of the project included:
- Institutional/organisational strengthening needed to implement the requirements of the EU nature conservation directives.
- Development of guidelines and recommendations for the protection of rare and endangered species.
- Development of management plans for the proposed pilot nature protected areas.
- Capacity building at administrative level on information systems for monitoring, analysis and reporting to the EC and various international organisations.
- Training in protected area management at central, regional and local levels, including workshops and seminars.