It is at a stunning location, untouched by man and a site full of nature diversity.
Name of organisation: “At the precipice” NGO
Funding support: Local Government
Number of staff: 2
Number of visitors per year: 1700
Overall aims of the centre
Our aim is to honour, preserve and protect the nature reserve, take care of surrounding environment, and the people who live in it. The NGO takes part not only in clean-ups of the territory , maintenance and provision of information, but also actively works with to improve the local community, the social life quality and providing meaningful leisure opportunities.
Description of the centre
Information is found in the two-story log house next to the largest lake of Latvia – Lake Lubāns. We provide information about nature reserve throughout the year, also providing services such as boat hire, bird and local area watching excursions, accommodation, as well organising events, targeted on exploring the area.
Main CEPA work areas
Cooperation with local educational instituations (mainly secondary schools), providing activities around formal education.
Cooperation with nature conservation authorities which supervise the nature reserve as well as cooperating with national NGO’S (Latvian Ornithological Society, Latvian Find for Nature etc.)
These partnerships help to create positive communication with society targeted to sustainable use of natural resources and enjoyment of the natural environment.
Top three successes
Natural education events – exploring nature reserve with nature experts. These activities attract considerable public interest.
Communication with society and creating interest in local society about nature reserve area.
Each year the numbers of visitors is growing and greater attention is drawn to the protected natural area.
Top three challenges
Nature reserve main difficulties – facing a large number of interests such as nature experts, local municipalities, hunters, fishermen, farmers and local inhabitants. Each group sees this nature reserve from his point if view.
The NGO administrate the building, but the building belongs to the local municipality.
The main funding comes from local government, income from information centre and project finances is not enough to be independent.
Creating signage; site information; Producing written materials
Running a visitor centre
Engaging young people; Engaging the local community; Working with volunteers
Education and communication
Working with secondary schools
Running effective administration; Project planning.