Lithuanian Fund for Nature

The Lithuanian Fund for Nature (LFN) is a non-governmental organisation working for the conservation of nature and wildlife in Lithuania.

Our mission is to care about wildlife and to encourage sustainable use of natural resources. We are the first Lithuanian environmental NGO established after restitution of state independence in 1991. We are currently a team of 15 very dedicated and experienced nature conservationist aiming at protection of biodiversity, sustainable management of natural resources and ensuring adequate standards of environmental services.

Our main focus areas:

  • Nature conservation in general;
  • Restoration and management of endangered habitats and species;
  • Policy work on national and EU level advocating for better land use, nature conservation and sustainable use of natural resources;
  • Nature monitoring and inventory;
  • Tackling of eutrophication through promotion of more sustainable agricultural practices;
  • National policy work on more sustainable fishery and forestry practices;
  • Education of consumers and general public;
  • Involvement of public in to environmental activities;
  • Planning of protected areas;
  • Management of invasive species.

Building up fences for protection of migrating frogs in Vingis Park

Tell us a bit more about the main activities, campaigns and/or projects you are working on at the moment?

At the moment we are trying to promote paliduculture in Lithuania in order to minimise climate change effects and to easy agricultural impact on the wetland-like habitats. Also we are involved in restoration of a great number of peatlands. We are currently putting a lot of efforts to preserve old oak-wood habitats of a Hermit Beetle. We are also very concerned about the improvement of the state of the Baltic sea and particularly focusing on the promotion of sustainable fisheries, monitoring of microplastic pollution and decreasing of nutrient leakage to the rivers. We have always been focusing on three main fields dependant on natural resources – forestry, fisheries and agriculture. Making these fields more sustainable is our main goal.

Survey of marine litter on the shore of the Baltic Sea

What does EEB membership mean to your organisation? How does it help you in your daily work and to bring about the changes you would like to see in Europe and beyond?

EEB membership means a full involvement in European environmental policies. Since the accession to EU, we feel that using EU tools to promote environmental policies is much more effective way to influence local policies and national decisions. We expect to benefit from EEB membership by getting access to enormous amount of information and experience gained by member-organisations.

Competition “All Species Rally”

Do you have a recent success story that you would like to share with us?

We have recently been involved in successful projects on restoration of degrading wetlands. Restoration of protected plant species in new habitats is also a success and a proof that with an appropriate habitats creation and seed manipulation is possible to restore and proliferate protected plant species well outside their current growing areas. Recently we have been focused on pollution with microbeads and I think we managed to attract successfully attention of wider public to the problem of microplastic pollution. We also have organised a number of educational events which attracted a great number of participants, e.g. “All Species Rally”, “Bats Night”, “United for Life Baltic Sea”, etc.

Management of amphibian habitats with volunteers

For more information:

Emma Ernsth, Membership and Development Manager, European Environmental Bureau

emma.ernsth@eeb.org

+32 2 790 88 10