Forest production on drained peatlands - Soomaa region (Estonia)

Kõrtsi-Tõramaa, Tipu küla
Regional Soil Needs 13th Workshop May

The Estonian “PREPSOIL Regional Soil Needs Workshop” takes place on the 3rd of May, 2023. This workshop aims to understand the most urgent soil needs in the Soomaa region (NUTS EE00) in the context of land use and land use change on drained peatlands. The event will take place at the Soomaa Visitor Centre, located at Kõrtsi-Tõramaa, Tipu küla, 71280 Põhja-Sakala vald, Viljandimaa and will be held in Estonian.


Forest industry (state), nature protection, tourism (local tourism providers), land owner (mainly state).

Organiser Contact

Facilitator: Anna-Helena Purre (Elige OÜ)

Request permission to attend to: Anna-Helena Purre,

Agenda (agenda in Estonian)

  • 09:30-10:00 Registration and morning coffee
  • 10:00-10:30 Introductory session (Sabine Jordan, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences)
    • Introduction and background: the EU Soil Mission and PREPSOIL
    • Introduction to the Soil Needs Assessment in PREPSOIL, DPSIR Framework.
  • 10:30-12:00 Local stakeholder session
    • Introduction to the area: Katrin Aavik (RMK Soomaa Visitor Centre)
    • Regional views: Meelis Suurkask (Environmental Board) and Aivar Ruukel (, tourism operator)
    • Projects in Soomaa related to forestry and peat soils (representative of RMK Nature Conservation Department)
    • Experiencing forested peatlands: A walk on the Kopra Trail
  • 12:00-13:00 Lunch
  • 13:00-14:45 Interaction and group discussion
    • Plenary debate:
    • Debate on the results of the interviews
    • Working in small groups:
      • Barriers for a sustainable soil management.
      • Opportunities for change
      • Trade-offs between different management options
      • Stakeholders' visions for the future
  • 14:45-15:00 Coffee break
  • 15:00-16:00 Concluding session
    • Plenary discussion of group work (group leaders):
      • Summary of group work
      • Possibilities for living labs and light houses
      • Closing remarks

Read the blogpost about this event

Check the recap poster

See below the photo gallery (kindly provided by the local organizer)