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On 17-19 May, 2015 the Latvian Minister for Environmental Protection and Regional Development Kaspars Gerhards represented the European Union at the sixth meeting of the Petersberg Climate Dialogue. During that event, the Minister stressed the necessity to agree on a new binding agreement on climate change mitigation.
From 4-16 May 2015 in Geneva (Switzerland) Latvia, as Presidency of the Council of the European Union, represented the European Union and its Member states in the Conferences of Parties of the Stockholm, Basel and Rotterdam Conventions* which were dedicated to the sound management of chemicals and waste. During this time an international agreement was reached on implementing restrictions on certain chemicals to reduce risks to human health and the environment.
On 17 - 19 May, 2015, Mr Kaspars Gerhards, the Latvian Minister for Environmental Protection and Regional Development, representing the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union will pay a visit to Germany in order to participate at the sixth meeting of the Petersberg Climate Dialogue.
Despite the widespread prevalence of the hermit beetle, it is the most endangered insect species in the world faced with the risk of extinction in all those areas it inhabits.
On 11 May, 2015 Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of Latvia Edgars Tavars participated in a high-level stakeholder conference ''Eliminating Plastic and Microplastic Pollution - an urgent need'' in Brussels, Belgium. The Conference was organized during the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
Council and European Parliament representatives reached an agreement in principle on the decision concerning the establishment and operation of a market stability reserve (MSR) at a meeting on 5 May 2015.
Innovation and sustainable development coexisting with vast bogs, the rolling landscapes of the North Vidzeme region and Salaca – the 4th most important salmon river in the Baltic Sea region. Sounds impossible?
On 6-8 May 2015, a high-level conference under the URBACT programme (Urbact City Festival) will take place in Riga. It will be devoted to integrated sustainable urban development issues and will provide support to cities in the development and implementation of their integrated urban strategies. The conference is organised under the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
From 4 to 15 May 2015, Latvia as the country holding the Presidency of the Council of the European Union will represent the EU’s position at the meetings of the Conferences of the Parties (COPs)* to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions in Geneva, Switzerland. The theme for this year’s meetings is “From science to action, working for a safer tomorrow”.
During the meetings, the participants intend to agree on the measures needed to ensure the safe management of chemicals and to promote the environmentally sound management and transportation of hazardous waste at international level.
The military training area at «Adazi», which has been used for military training for almost 100 years, since 2004 has been part of the Natura 2000 protected site network.
On 5 May, the ISA programme of the European Commission is organising its 5th Conference on Semantic Interoperability for eGovernment, this year together with the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of Latvia under the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Last year's conference attracted some 200 participants from more than 30 countries.
In Teiči Reserve, it is like being in tundra – no matter where you look, you will see kilometres of swampy hollows grown with mosses and small birch and pine trees.
In the present-day Latvian territory, the last ice age ended 16 to 14 thousand years ago. As the glacier melted and retreated, plants typical of tundra began to spread. Their diversity was quite small. Dwarf birch was one of the few pioneer plants, which managed to survive in the harsh climate.
Riga, 15 April 2015 – Joint session of environment and energy ministers was held on the second day of informal meeting of the EU Environment and Energy Ministers. Within this session ministers took part in a high-level debate on how to accommodate biodiversity preservation with increased use of renewable energy sources.
On 14 April, the meeting of the Environment Ministers opened the three-day informal meeting of the European Union Environment and Energy Ministers. The Environment and Climate Ministers focused on biodiversity preservation and the international climate change negotiations aimed towards reaching a new global agreement on post-2020 climate change mitigation at the Paris Climate Change Conference in December. The informal meeting takes place under the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the EU.
Under the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, a three-day informal meeting of Environment and Energy Ministers will take place on 14-16 April 2015 in Riga.
Daugava – the river of Destiny Daugava is the largest river in Latvia and also one of the most prominent national symbols. It is featured in legends and myths and is commonly called «mother Daugava» and «the river of Destiny».
Up to this day, scientists have not registered any Easter Rabbits in Latvia.
The special charm of the Latgale region is the beautiful landscapes surrounded by lakes, forests and ancient hill forts. The diverse natural landscape and cultural heritage is the reason why in 2007, Raznas National Park was established in this area of 59 615 ha.
Out of the almost two thousand kilometres of land that outlines Latvia’s border some 496 kilometres is surrounded by the Baltic Sea.
Within the framework of the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the CoR Bureau extraordinary meeting on 17–18 March will take place in Riga. The meeting will bring together representatives from 28 Member States’ local and regional governments.
White wagtail about one of the smallest animals of Latvia. The length of this small, squirrel-like animal is only 15-20 cm, including its lush, long tail. It weighs 30-40 grams, the rough equivalent to four 1 € coins.
On 9-11 March, the Latvian Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development will organise the Joint Meeting of the National Territorial Cohesion Contact Points and the Urban Development Group.
Riga, 10 March, 2015 - On Tuesday, 10 March, Latvia as the presiding country of the Council of the European Union (hereafter – the EU) will chair the first Monitoring Committee’s meeting of a new Interregional Cooperation Programme URBACT III for 2014-2020 (hereafter – URBACT III) in order to provide the launch of the first call for applications already this year.
Slitere National Park was established in 2000, although here in Northwest of Latvia it has existed under different names and areas of protection since as far back as 1923.
The Council discussed the preparations for the UN Climate Change conference that will take place in Paris in December. The aim of the conference is to adopt an ambitious, legally binding global agreement to be implemented from 2020.
Līgatne Nature Trails, for many years known as Līgatne Learning and Amusement Park, are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year. That's how much time has passed since its establishment in 1975.
This small, colourful beetle is known as a ladybug or ladybird, as well as “dievgosniņa” in Latvian, literally meaning “God’s little cow”. The two-spotted ladybird (Adalia bipunctata) is one of the most common ladybird species in Latvia.
Real world of wetlands. Only half an hour’s drive from the Latvian capital of Riga and you can already find yourself in a completely different world. Founded in 1997, Ķemeri National Park is a real world of wetlands.
From the 10th to 12th February, 2015 in Zagreb, Croatia, Latvia as the presiding country in the Council of the European Union (hereafter – the EU) chairs a Programming Committee’s meeting of a new Interregional Cooperation Programme INTERREG EUROPE for 2014-2020 (hereafter - INTERREG EUROPE) in order to start the implementation of the Programme already this year.
Human life is both literally and metaphorically dependent on water with natural spring water considered to be its perfect embodiment.
From 1 January 2015 to 30 June 2015, Latvia holds the presidency of the European Union Council. During Presidency Latvian national bird white wagtail once a week will tell a short story about some of our country's natural values, symbols and related cultural heritage or educational activity.
The first and the oldest national park in Latvia was established on 14 September 1973 in order to protect slightly disturbed natural areas, promote nature tourism and ensure sustainable development in the area.
Brussels, 21 January, 2015. – On Wednesday, 21 January, Kaspars Gerhards, the Minister for Environmental Protection and Regional Development of the Republic of Latvia, introduced environmental sector’s priorities of the Latvian Presidency to the members of Parliament, Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety.
On the 21st and 22nd of January, in Riga, Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union (henceforward - EU) will hold Informal Workshop on Climate Change.
The weir is a special footbridge from which lamprey fishing baskets are submerged in the stream below and subsequently retrieved (with lamprey inside) and this is, in essence the fishing method.
Eurostat data shows that 54% of Latvia's residents in 2014 have used internet for interaction with public authorities online, going ahead of other Baltic countries and European Union's (EU) average indicator (46%)
On Thursday 8th of January, the College of Commissioners paid a traditional visit to the incoming Presidency of the Council of the European Union, with the aim to discuss priorities and promote social partners, non-governmental organizations and society dialogue with the European Commission (EC) during the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
On Thursday 8 January, a splendid and expressive musical performance at the Latvian National Opera House marked the official opening of the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. It was the symbolic start to the challenging six months ahead of us when Latvia will steer the EU ship for the first time. The concert featured some of the most distinguished Latvian artists in the world of music who performed different musical pieces to an audience from all around Europe.
On 7-8 January, the College of Commissioners will travel to Riga for its traditional visit to the incoming Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The rotating Presidency will be held by Latvia for the first time, from January until June 2015.
The European Union and its Member States announced today (7th March), at the 16th meeting of the Parties to the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) being held in Bangkok, that it was tabling a new proposal at the Convention to ensure that polar bears are not threatened by international trade.
Third annual conference on Latvian - Estonian future cooperation was held in Riga on 14th December 2012 to facilitate Latvian - Estonian co-operation in eGovernance and Information Society to strengthen bases for co-operation and benefit from digital economy. Conference was addressed by Edmunds Sprūdžs, Minister of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of Latvia, and Juhan Parts, Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications of Estonia.
On September 21st, 2012, the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of the Republic of Latvia invites everyone to take part in the European Cooperation Day and to celebrate the success of European territorial cooperation across Europe. More than 70 programmes, including 11 programmes that operate in the Baltic states, are participating in marking this day with special outreach activities that have one simple goal – to tell the people how these programmes have improved the quality of life in their regions.
The Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development (hereafter – the Ministry) and the Environmental Investment Fund have signed more than 600 contracts with owners of dwelling houses who will receive a funding of Climate Change Finance Facility (hereinafter-CCFF) for renewable energy use in their households.
On 15th March, within the framework of the bathing season opening event, the handing ceremony of the Blue Flags took place in the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development.
The Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development (hereinafter - the Ministry) will participate in the European Union (hereinafter - EU) Garden Festival – 2012 held on 12th May, in Vērmanes Garden.
On 16th March during the Creativity Award Ceremony- Sigulda, Salacgrīva and Rūjiena Local Governments were announced as the most creative municipalities in Latvia by adopting creative and unique solutions in their daily work.
On 14th March the Minister of Environmental Protection and Regional Development Mr. Edmunds Sprūdžs signed the Protocol of Intent (hereinafter- POI) during ongoing Creativity Week. The aim of POI is to develop the creativity potential in Latvia, promoting its usage in the development of national economy and welfare of a society.