The RMK nature conservation conference brings together nature restorers – scientists, decision makers and practitioners  23.09

On 3-4 November, RMK will hold a nature conservation conference on the restoration of habitats and populations at the University of Tartu Narva College. Everyone is invited to listen to the presentations and join the discussion.

The goal of the conference is to bring together scientists, decision makers and practitioners who are involved in ecological restoration in their day to day work to share their knowledge and experiences. The conference addresses five types of habitats where restoration work is carried out: inland bodies of water (rivers and lakes), coastal seas, semi-natural communities, forests and bogs.

“The programme includes more than 40 presentations and a workshop,” says Kaupo Kohv, the Head of the RMK Nature Protection Department. “We will examine the effectiveness of restoration work and discuss possible obstacles to it as well as how to overcome them. The attitude towards restoration work is not always positive – sometimes, conflicts may arise. We will discuss all these topics at the conference.”
Many experts from various fields will give presentations at the conference:
  • Tiit Maran “Five lessons from restoring the European mink population”
  • Aveliina Helm “The decade of ecological restoration and the century of nature restoration: four challenges and five opportunities”
  • Hanno Zingel “Three main nature conservation goals for 2030-2050 and the role of ecological restoration in achieving them”
  • Heiki Hanso “Five steps to solving the big problem of the Väike Strait”
  • Asko Lõhmus “The effectiveness of ecological restoration: to restore 20% or by 20%, that is the question”

The construction of Sindi Dam in 1922 and its demolition in 2018. Original photos from Marko Šorin’s collection and the Environment Agency

Restoration of ecosystems has become one of the main goals of nature conservation policy. The European Union aims to restore at least 30% of habitats in poor condition by 2030.

Estonia has worked hard on restoring bogs, semi-natural communities and watercourses. We have also successfully improved the condition of various amphibians and fish species but many huge challenges still remain and can only be solved through cooperation with scientists, practitioners and communities. We hope this conference will help us find solutions to these remaining challenges.

RMK invites everyone to take part in the conference. You can register and find out more HERE.

The conference will be followed by an afterparty. Ensemble Funkifize will get the party started!

Further information:
Kaupo Kohv
Head of RMK Nature Protection Department
+372 5349 7924