From March 29 to April 21 this year, the volume of textile waste recycled has increased by 15% due to the environmental campaigns implemented by the “Latvian Green Point” and “Eco Baltia Environment” compared to the previous month, the Director of Latvian Green Point Kaspars Zakulis said in an interview to Latvian Radio May 31.
In order to promote the conservation and recovery of the population of the critically endangered species – the eagle owl (Bubo bubo) – in Latvia, the Latvian Ornithology Society (LOB) continues to install artificial nests in the forests. Some have already been populated with young owlets, reported LOB.
On Thursday, May 25, the bear cub which was delivered to the Rīga National Zoo in April after being found alone next to a highway is heading to her new home at the La Taniere refuge zoo in France, the Nature Conservation Agency said.
Three years have passed since the municipality of Rēzekne district leased the landmark water tourism development center "Bāka" ("Lighthouse"') by Lake Lubāns to a company called SIA "Vlakon". The purpose of the lease was to develop the object as a nature tourism center of regional and international importance. At the moment, however, local residents are dissatisfied with the opportunities offered by Bāka for tourists, saying that much more active activity took place when the municipality itself ran the center.
Avian influenza H5N1 which has been raging in the eastern parts of Latvia has also been detected in Cēsis and Madona municipalities, as reported by the Food and Veterinary Service (PVD).
Rīga has opened its free-access drinking water faucets for the season. Twelve of those were installed in the capital parks last year, and more are to come this year. Water in these faucets is clean, high-quality, safe for use, and regularly checked, the municipal company Rīgas ūdens (“Riga Water”) said on May 2.
The Nature Conservation Agency (DAP) will carry out extensive brown bear monitoring in Latvia. The main aim of the monitoring will be to explore the unique process of returning to the territory after being eliminated completely, Jānis Ozoliņš, lead researcher of the Latvian National Forest Science Institute 'Silava' told Latvian Radio on April 28.
This year, compared to the previous year, the Big Cleanup was more active, with an overall number of 1,331 clean-ups registered as compared to 1,214 last year, representatives of the Cleanup said on April 27.
Citizens have expressed dissatisfaction with the plan to build a waste incinerator in Stopiņi, just outside the capital Rīga. Six thousand signatures were collected against the planned construction. The municipality says it is facing such a great resistance from society for the first time, Zemgale Television reported on April 27.