Conservation of Estonian biodiversity (Estonian Fund for Nature)
Estonia is characterised by a high ecosystems diversity from the 1000 small islands, shallow and sheltered bays, untouched beaches, and coastal meadows, to the old-growth forests, lagoons, and winding rivers which are all habitats for many rare species. Unfortunately, Estonian biomes are particularly vulnerable to changes and there are many cases where nature is harmed. In particular, the conversion of land into agricultural fields, habitat fragmentation, habitat loss, and the spread of invasive species have critically changed local dynamics, and several species have become endangered or even extinct in some areas. To conserve Estonian ecosystems and natural landscapes, as well as to give a chance to everybody to participate in the process of nature protection, the Estonian Fund for Nature organizes nature conservation holidays. These activities allow citizens to participate as volunteers, learn about natural diversity and help to restore and protect nature. See below examples of some activities carried out within conservation holidays.
- Black stork: to prevent black stork population decline, the Estonian Fund for Nature is restoring their natural habitat to facilitate access to feeding places and escape from predators.
- Dunlin: the Estonian Fund for Nature organises campaigns to recreate safer nesting conditions for the dunlin.
- Western capercaillie: through the work of volunteers, a census campaign was started to better understand habitat needs and factors influencing birth and mortality of the western capercaillie.
- Natterjack toad: through insightful land management, the Estonian Fund for Nature is restoring suitable coastal meadows for the natterjack toad.
- Spadefoot toad: to preserve the spadefoot toad, the Estonian Fund for Nature and its volunteers have been cleaning and restoring sandy ponds has been introduced.
By collaborating with the Estonian Fund for Nature, you would contribute to the protection of local species, the recovery of degraded ecosystems and the prevention of further biodiversity loss. The donations obtained by the inscription in the Ecosystem Services Partnership regional conference 2021 in Tartu will be devoted to different actions to be carried out by Estonian Fund for Nature. Participants can donate to the Estonian Fund for Nature through our registration program as part of our CO2 compensation program. This program aims to offset our communal CO2 emissions at least to a certain extend.
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