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LIVE LAKE - „Improving Governance and Management of Lakes in Kurzeme and North Lithuania” (No. LLI-449)


Project name

„Improving Governance and Management of Lakes in Kurzeme and North Lithuania”

Project no.


Project acronym


Title of the fund

European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

Title of the program

Interreg V-A Latvia–Lithuania Cross Border Cooperation Programme 2014-2020

Implementation time

01/03/2021 – 28/02/2023

Project partners

Lead partner:

Kurzeme Planning Region (Latvia)

Project partners:

Durbe County Municipality (Latvia)

Brocenu County Municipality (Latvia)

Aizpute County Municipality (Latvia)

Talsi County Municipality (Latvia)

Ventspils County Municipality (Latvia)

Nature Conservation Agency (Latvia)

Directorate of Biržai Regional Park (Lithuania)

Directorate of Žemaitija National Park (Lithuania)

Project goal

The project aims to increase efficiency of lake resource management and governance.


Lake exploitation rules will be developed for Durbe and Usma lakes. Study of pollution in Usma lake will provide information about the contamination of the lake. Nature management plan will be developed for Tosmare lake. Action Plan for Improvement of Water Quality will be developed in Plateliai lake.

Habitat management activities will be implemented in Būšenieku, Tosmare lakes and Kirkilai karstic lakes. Reed cutting equipment will be purchased and reedland management will be ensured in Cierere, Remte, Brocēni, Platelieai and Usma lakes. Cleaning of water reservoir 'Dzirnavu dīķis' on Tebra river in Aizpute town will be done to stop overgrowth and improve ecological conditions. Two local cleaning events will be organised in Širvėna lake for picking up the garbage from the lake. Water level loggers for groundwater monitoring will be purchased for use in Tosmare and Platelieai lakes. Navigation equipment for Ciecere lake will be set up, including information stands, buoys and navigation signs. Security camera system for strict protected nature reserve Moricsala in Usma lake will be set up to allow monitoring of the Usma lake aquatorium in the Moricsala. Reconstruction of sluices will be done in Sasmaka lake and Dzirnavu pond on Tebra river in Aizpute town.

Educational campaign for limiting the use of phosphorus in the project region will be implemented by creating animated movie, application for phones, smart brochures (with QR codes) and educational program that will be disseminated in schools in the project region for education of children. Also, educational campaign about amphibians will be organised in Kurzeme to draw the public's attention to the disappearance of amphibians (e.g., toads, frogs). Mobile exhibition about the development of lakes and their nature values will be organised and exhibited in 8 locations. Nature Conservation Agency from Latvia will develop educational programme about waterbody ecosystems (including species identification guides and computer graphics that explain the creation and development of lakes) and offer lessons to schools at the Nature Education Center in Slītere, Liepāja and other places, as well as offer developed methodology to schools for use in biology lessons. Educational room with equipment, interactive game and materials for laboratory will be established in Biržai Regional Park as well.

Cross-border benefits

Cross border cooperation for the management or natural resources will ensure exchanging information and experiences, as well ensure common platform for education and information activities. As a result, target groups management and governance of lake areas will improve. Educational activities will include modern technologies to attract interest of younger generation in sustainable use of nature resources and environmentally friendly lifestyle.

Total project budget (EUR)

981 754,99

ERDF co-financing (EUR)

834 491,70

Total project budget for the Directorate of Biržai Regional Park (EUR)

77 365,03

ERDF co-financing (EUR)

65 760,27

The project is co-financed by Interreg V-A Latvia-Lithuania Cross Border Cooperation Programme 2014-2020.




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