“Nature cannot save itself, and neither can a single man. We need to think broader, to involve the corporate sector, municipalities and NGOs. It is only through such comprehensive cooperation that we can help nature bounce back,” says Uģis Rotbergs, one of the founders of WWF Latvia.

On Saturday, 15 September, more than 100 people participated in the conservation work at the Carnikava beach and dunes. The participants were Coca‑Cola HBC Latvia employees with their families, and the work was organised in collaboration with WWF Latvia, Baltic Coasts and the municipality of Carnikava.

Uģis Rotbergs, one of the founders and the board chairman of WWF Latvia, welcomed the participants with a motivational speech that stressed the importance of each person’s contributions to the conservation of the coastal area. This event clearly reflected the slogan of WWF Latvia: Think Broader! Rotbergs said, “I believe that the need to do more, to do something for the benefit of the society is what makes a human human. I am glad that this need to do more has lately been related to the environment and nature too. Coca‑Cola HBC Latvia has been our partner in this for five years already. Nature cannot save itself, and neither can a single man. We need to think broader, to involve the corporate sector, municipalities and NGOs. It is only through such comprehensive cooperation that we can help nature bounce back.”

This year, anti-erosion fences were installed at Carnikava’s coastal area that will promote the accumulation of sand at foredunes and on the edges of the beaten paths. To build these fences, the participants set posts into the ground, with reeds in between them held together by ropes. Some of the participants were laying down branches to strengthen the dunes and promote the accumulation of sand. Other participants were planting grasses to speed up the resurgence of foredunes. The fourth group of participants were occupied with weeding out baby pine trees to restore the grey dunes and prevent overgrowth.

The work was carried out as part of the Coastal Habitat Conservation in Nature Park “Piejūra” project within the European LIFE+ Nature and Biodiversity programme.