New Speaker Announced – Mindaugas Lalepė, Lithuania

Mindaugas Lapelė, Head of Nature Division at Dzūkija National Park and Čepkeliai State Nature Reserve Administration, Lithuania, will be speaking at the European Wilderness Academy.

Mindaugas will present his knowledge of Wilderness and protected areas of Lithuania in Session 3 – ‘ History of Wilderness in Europe’ on May 27, in a presentation titled ‘Čepkeliai – the largest Wilderness of Lithuania’.

Čepkeliai Strict Nature Reserve is recognised internationally as a Natura 2000 site, Ramsar Site, and as part of the Transboundary Ramsar Site Kotra-Cepkeliai (Belarus – Lithuania). In the last 40 years of strict protection, it has become ‘wilder’, with effects such as increasing of dead wood in the forests, raising of water level by beaver’s activity, and overgrowth of formerly open areas of wetlands. Mindaugas touches on differences in the Wilderness between historical times and present day, and looks to the future. What are the hopes for the Nature Reserve with the latest management plan, developed last year?

We are delighted that Mindaugas will present his knowledge of Wilderness and protected areas in Lithuania. To hear Mindaugas speak, register for your ticket here.

For full details about the conference schedule, see here.

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