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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.
The Minister of Environmental Protection and Regional Development Mr. Sprūdžs represented Latvia in EU Environment Council (hereinafter- Council) in Brussels (Belgium).
This year’s e-Skills week campaign in Latvia will be held from 26th till 30th March. Its aim is to popularize information and communications technology services in Latvia, and to give information on e-Services provided by state and local governments and to explain their necessity and importance in our daily activities.
Creativity Week – Create! will take place this year from 12th March till 18th March. Within the framework of the Creativity Week the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of the Republic of Latvia is looking for most creative local governments in Latvia.
Following the decision of the URBACT II Monitoring Committee on 14th November 2011, the 3rd and last URBACT Call for Proposals is now open for the creation of up to 19 new Thematic Networks. The Call is open from 9th December 2011 until 15th March 2012.
On 19th December the Minister of Environmental Protection and Regional Development Edmunds Sprūdžs participated in the European Union (hereinafter-EU) Environment Council (hereinafter-Council).
Since 2007 more than 70 urban development projects of development centers of national and regional importance were implemented by the financial support of the European Regional Development fund (ERDF). Total amount of the signed project contracts is 171.8 million lats.
On 19th December the Minister of Environmental Protection and Regional Development Edmunds Sprūdžs will represent Latvia in the final European Union (hereinafter-EU) Environment Council (hereinafter- Council) in Brussels ( Belgium).
AQUAFIMA – „Integrating Aquaculture and Fisheries Management towards a sustainable regional development in the Baltic Sea Region“ project proposal was approved by the Baltic Sea Region Transnational Cooperation Programme committee in June, 2011.
Today, on 5th October, the Minister of Environmental Protection and Regional Development Mr. Raimonds Vējonis participates in the opening event of the 11th General Conference of the Union of the Baltic Cities “Building on the past, heading for the future” held in Liepāja.
On 4th October Latvia signed an International Agreement on the Legal Status of the Regional Environmental Centre for Central and Eastern Europe (hereinafter - REC). From the Latvian side it was signed by the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Latvia in Hungary Ms. Veronika Erte.
Within the framework of the Joint Session of the Latvian-Estonian Intergovernmental Commission for Cross-border Cooperation in Valka held on 16th September, the Minister of Environmental Protection and Regional Development Mr. Raimonds Vējonis and the Estonian officials agreed on common future plans in order to promote cross-border cooperation.
For significant achievements in promoting sustainable development, environmental education and environmental protection in the schools and their surroundings, 62 educational institutions of Latvia will be named as Eco-Schools and receive the Green flags in this academic year. Also the Green Certificate and status of Eco-School will get more 34 schools of Latvia.
This year’s the European Mobility Week (hereinafter- EMW) was launched on 16th September, and it will last till 22th September. Within the framework of the European Mobility Week inhabitants are invited to support the sustainable mobility.
In order to save time and finances of students, also to adjust the distribution procedure of state financed study places, the online application for studies with the support of the website www.latvija.lv should be implemented in all state institutions of higher education. Such statement was given by the Minister of Environmental Protection and Regional Development Mr. Raimonds Vējonis
The Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development has started to develop the BioDiversity Strategy. Therefore, the social partners and everyone else who is interested in the elaboration process of Strategy are invited to suggest their own ideas about conservation of biological diversity in Latvia.
The Minister of Environmental Protection and Regional Development Mr. Raimonds Vējonis are satisfied with the operative and coordinated work of the responsible institutions.
Latvia and Georgia has agreed to strengthen co-operation in the field of regional development and share each other’s experience about the spatial planning, work of local governments and other matters within the framework of the Memorandum of Agreement signed on 24th August by the Minister of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of Latvia Mr. Raimonds Vējonis and the Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia Mr. Ramaz Nikolaishvilli
This week in the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development contracts on low consumption buildings of 7,26 million LVL have been signed. These contracts are financed by the Climate Change Financial Instrument (hereinafter - CCFI).
For the first time the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development has signed 60 contracts with inhabitants who will receive a funding of Climate Change Finance Facility (CCFF) for renewable energy use in their households
On August 4 and 5 the Minister of Environmental Protection and Regional Development Mr. Raimonds Vējonis is going to visit the Local Governments of Aglona and Krāslava. The purpose of this visit is to meet the representatives of the local governments and to discuss current events of the Local Governments of Aglona and Krāslava. As well as the Minister will get acquainted with the development projects implemented and planned in these local governments.
It is planned to evaluate the public services provided by the state and local governments in the framework of the European Social Fund project „Improvement of Public Services” implemented by the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development.
In order to carry on the implementation process of the Aarhus Convention not only in theory but also in practice, each member state will face a number of challenges, said the Minister of Environmental Protection and Regional Development Mr. Raimonds Vējonis by giving his speech in the 4th Aarhus Convention Meeting of the parties on 1st July.
The Baltic countries will continue successfully established cooperation now as well in the marine area spatial planning, organizing meetings of experts and sharing experience to promote development of the Baltic Sea in order to meet both economic and environmental interests.
On 30th June and 1st July in Chisinau (Moldova) the Minister of Environmental Protection and Regional Development Mr. Raimonds Vējonis will participate in the 4th Aarhus Convention Meeting of the parties (hereinafter - MoP4) to assess progress in ensuring public participation in the field of environment.
Eco-innovation boosts economic growth whilst protecting the environment, and with millions of jobs possible in eco-industries there is a growing demand for environmental products and services. Recently Latvia has been seeking new potential ways to meet the environmental challenges of the future.
Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development in cooperation with the association "Passive House Latvia” invites architects, engineers, construction experts, building managers and other stakeholders to a workshop on low-energy construction experience in Switzerland.
Ekodoma, ltd in cooperation with Riga Technical University, the Ministry of Agriculture of Latvia and the Latvian Biogas Association is organizing the 4th Green Energy Forum in Latvia the 13 April 2011 from 9:00 to 16:00 in Riga, Republikas square 2 (building of the Ministry of Agriculture of Latvia).
Minister of Environmental Protection and Regional Development Raimonds Vejonis on Thursday concluded his working visit to Moldova, during which the public officials of Moldova expressed willingness to develop cooperation with Latvia in the field of environment protection and take over the experience in several areas.
On March 31, in the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development agreements were signed for reception of funding of climate change financial instrument (KPFI) to carry out projects in order to raise public awareness about the importance of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Minister of Environmental Protection and Regional Development Raimonds Vejonis from March 24 to 26 in Hungary will participate in the Informal Meeting of Ministers of the Environment of European Union, which will mainly focus on discussions on water management and climate change policies.
Natural resources are one of the strategic products of Latvian tourism, but in the development of tourism they should be used wisely and sustainably, said Minster of Environmental Protection and Regional Development Raimonds Vejonis, opening the Nature Tourism Baltic conference on Tuesday, 22.nd of March.
Minister of Environmental Protection and Regional Development Raimonds Vejonis on Tuesday, 22nd of March at. 9:00 will open the conference Nature Tourism in the Baltic, that will be the first in Latvia such a large-scale joint event for the professionals of environmental protection and the tourism promotion industry.