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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.
Tuesday 14 April 2015, Riga – 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
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.
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.