The nature park "Dviete water-meadows" is situated in the south-east of Latvia, on the left bank of the Daugava River in Augšzeme. The park was established in 2004 in a square area of 4989 ha with an aim to preserve the natural water-meadows.
The nature park "Dviete water-meadows" is one of the largest and best preserved examples of the natural water-meadows in Latvia and Europe. It is a world-scale unique flocking and nesting place for migratory birds where rare, natural and nearly unspoilt water-grasslands serve as a home to a number of rare and protected species of plants and animals in Latvia and Europe.
12 protected plants and animal species have been discovered on the park’s territory, along with more than 40 bird species regarded as especially protected in Latvia and the EU, and seven biotopes under protection in Europe and two in Latvia. The whole territory is divided into two sections – the restricted area and the natural park. The territory contains the amplest water-meadows of the Daugava River.
Dviete natural park belongs to the EU network of protected natural areas Natura 2000. The park has been granted the status of particular importance for birds, as it corresponds to the respective criteria not only on the EU level but also globally. The natural park "Dviete water-meadows" is an internationally important gathering place for spring-time migratory birds and an important nesting place for water-birds. The park’s area corresponds to the international criteria of wetlands as set out in the Ramsar Convention.