During 3-21 of July, 2017 the project experts (Jūratė Kriaučiūnienė, Diana Šarauskienė, Darius Jakimavičius, Diana Meilutytė-Lukauskienė, Vytautas Akstinas, Aldona Jurgelėnaitė, Tomas Virbickas and Vytautas Kesminas) participated in the training course in Latvia (Saldus municipality, Brocene). Trainings were guided by the experts from Italy and Poland.
In the first week, M. Bussettini (ISPRA, Italy) did presentations “Ecological Flows in the context of EU Directive and guidance”, “Hierarchical structure of river systems” and “Biological monitoring including Hydromorphology”, whereas P. Vezza (Politecnico di Torino, Italy) acquainted project experts with E-flow estimation for regulated cross-border rivers, suitable biological data for species distribution models at the mesohabitat scale, river habitat, hydromorphology and E-flows.
During the second week of the training course F. Comiti (Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy) and B. Belletti (Politecnico di Milano, Italy) introduced experts with concepts of sediment transport in the rivers network, morphological characterization of river systems, morphological quality index and the geomorphic units survey and classification system (GUS).
In the last week, presentations for the project experts were made: “Introduction to mesohabitat modelling” (P. Parasiewicz from Sakowicz Inland Fisheries Institute, Poland), “Collecting hydromorphological data at the meso-scale through field surveys and the MapStream Software” and “Biological data suitable for species distribution models at the mesohabitat scale” (P. Vezza), “SimStream plugin for QGIS” (A. Zanin from Politecnico di Torino, Italy), etc.
Also expeditions for all training participants were organised at the catchments of the rivers of Imula, Ciesare, Ada and Škede (including Pakulu and Škedes HPPs). The work with the field survey equipment and data collection software were demonstrated in these objects.