About GRIP on LIFE
Within the project we work to improve the environment and the conditions for animals and plants that live in streams and wetlands in the forest landscape, while we can continue to use our natural resources. By contributing with new knowledge and new methods we help to secure the future for our streams, rivers, lake systems and wetlands all over the country.
Watercourses and wetlands are important habitats for many animals and plants, but also valuable for us humans as we use them for outdoor recreation, relaxation and pleasure. Watercourses and wetlands also have other important functions, such as clean water production and regulation of water levels.
However, there are watercourses and wetlands that are negatively affected by human activity, which means decreased prerequisites for species that habitat these areas.
What we do in the project
We will demonstrate best practice and develop new methods to mitigate negative effects on important limnic environments. We will, for example, show how good environmental consideration in forest management can contribute to this.
We also develop methods to restore dry-laid lakes and wetlands, plug ditches and restore streams that have been altered due to timber floating. To show the methods in practice we create demonstration sites.
For the project to succeed, it is important that the cooperation between authorities, NGO’s, contractors, land owners and other stakeholders work as well as possible. We therefore try different ways to work together to become more efficient and to use our resources in the best way. For example, how we can make better use of funds, develop cooperation plans for measures at water and make a model for updating conservation plans for Natura 2000 sites more effectively. The knowledge we gather within the project will be disseminated to other environments and areas that are also in need of improvement.
The work in Grip on Life is divided into four sub-areas, or themes:
- Implementation of PAF – improving conservation status
- Building knowledge and capacity
- Better cooperation
- Applying new knowledge
GRIP on LIFE focuses primarily on 25 catchments across the country, from Blekinge in the south to Västerbotten in the north. The catchments include Natura 2000 streams and wetlands in a forest dominated landscape. The project's long-term goal is that the environment in all types of Natura 2000 habitats should be improved and preserved for the future.
What does Grip on Life IP mean?
Grip stands for “Using functional water and wetland ecosystems and their services as a model for improving Green infrastructure and Implementing PAF in Sweden”
PAF is the project’s guideline and a short form of Prioritized Action Framework for Natura 2000. It is a national action plan with initiatives and actions that will help to protect and preserve sensitive and valuable Natura 2000 sites. All EU countries have a PAF and it is the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency that has written Sweden's PAF.
Natura 2000 is a network of protected areas throughout the EU. The areas are selected because they contain habitats or species that are particularly worthy of protection in a European perspective. Sweden has about 4000 Natura 2000 sites, many of which are small or very small and sensitive to changes in the environment (also in the surroundings).
EU environmental program LIFE finances projects that work to preserve and improve nature, environment and climate. IP stands for integrated projects; projects that work to introduce environmental and climate plans on a larger scale, for example regionally or nationally. Grip on Life is one of two IP projects in Sweden.