Help the military win a medal - for conservation

Latvia's main army training area is in the running for a major European environmental award and is asking for your vote in helping to secure a major military victory!

While it may not be immediately apparent, the artillery ranges and tank traps of Ādaži play host to a lot more than unexploded ordinance, providing a habitat to a surprising array of flora and fauna.

Nor is it just a matter of leaving things be: Ādaži is subject to regular mowing and controlled burning, all of which have helped create a diversity of habitats including unique heathland.

The Ādaži conservation area is one of 23 finalists in the Natura 2000 awards which cover all EU member states.

Finalists will be judged by a jury in each of five categories - environmental protection, socio-economic benefits, communication, coordination of interests and cross-border cooperation. 

However, the is also an online public vote for the European Citizen Prize, and that's where the army is hoping people will rally to the flag.

You can register your support and find out more about the Natura 2000 program HERE.

The vote closes on May 6 with winners announced on May 21.

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