ECONAT - Development of Pilot Ecological Network through Nature Frame Areas in Southern Lithuania (LIFE09 NAT/LT/000581)

LIFE09 NAT/LT/000581

The objective of the ECONAT project was to create an ecological network in southern Lithuania to ensure the favourable conservation status of threatened populations of selected Habitats Directive Annex II and Annex IV-listed species, whilst simultaneously enhancing the ecological value of the target area. Specifically, the project aimed to secure the long-term viability of the target species within the ecological network by implementing direct conservation measures and habitat management actions. In particular, the project aimed to save the small and isolated populations of two umbrella species, the threatened European pond turtle (Emys orbicularis) and the European tree frog (Hyla arborea), from extinction. Creating habitats for these two species will have a positive effect on the other target species. Building such an ecological network, and implementing direct conservation measures and habitat management actions within it, should improve the conservation status of Annex II and Annex IV species and provide a model for further ecological networks. 

Coordinator: Lithuanian Fund for Nature             


Partners: AmphiConsult; Directorate of Dzukija National Park; Directorate of Veisiejai Regional Park; Directorate of Meteliai Regional Park; Lithuanian Zoo; Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania.