Aim of the project is to re-establish the active raised bog habitats and site hydrology in the areas that are influenced by drainage and to protect the raised bog habitats, plants and animals of European and Latvian importance.

Dams in the Aklais Mire are under heap of snow 26/02/2013 12:08


Aklais Mire during the winter
Author: Māra Pakalne


Raised bog with hummock-hollow micro-relief and diverse natural forests are dominant habitats in the Aklais Mire. Drainage ditches were built in the mire at the beginning of 20th century. To stop the water flow from the mire and restore the natural hydrological regime, 14 dams were built on drainage ditches during the Project. 


Aklais Mire during the winter
Author: Māra Pakalne


It is easier to evaluate whether dams are built agreeably to instructions during the winter – the dam stands stable, water flow is stopped and do not run away along the dam edges, the ditch has a thick ice crust.


Dam on drainage ditch in Aklais Mire
Author: Māra Pakalne



Dam on drainage ditch in Aklais mire
Author: Māra Pakalne


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Finansed by

Raised Bogs – LIFE08 NAT/LV/000449

Project duration: 01.02.2010.- 31.08.2013.
Funding: European Commission LIFE+ programme
Beneficiary: University of Latvia
Partners: Latvian Fund for Nature, Foundation ELM MEDIA
Co-funding: Ministry of the Environment of Latvia, Ltd. Rīgas meži

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