Smart Villages support in Latvia
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information on Smart Villages in Latvia
How is the concept of Smart Villages defined?
Yes, there is a formal definition by the Latvian National Rural Network Support Unit as follows:
“A community of citizens who share a common identity, territory and / or interests and who undertake to seek practical solutions to the challenges they face.”
Is digital a key feature of Smart Villages?
Digital is not a key feature of Smart Villages in Latvia.
Is social innovation a key feature of Smart Villages?
Social innovation is a very important feature of Smart Villages. It is understood as a service created by local people as a result of the generation of new ideas.
How is the CAP supporting Smart Villages?
Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Latvia
Inese Pastare-Irbe (Deputy Director of the Rural Development Support Department)
Email : email@example.com
Yes, specific SV interventions.
Technical assistance & training
The activities of the smart villages were supported by the NRN technical assistance funding and through the measures on ‘trainings, mentoring, publicity’.
Indirectly, no specific Smart Villages intervention
Latvian National Rural Network
CAP Network support
Yes, specific Smart Villages activities by the network.
Training/ workshops on Smart Villages
Various training sessions to help village people to achieve goals for the development of Smart Village
Specific webpage/ website on SmartVillages
Collection of specific examples/ good practices on Smart Villages
Regularly sharing news/ information on Smart Villages
How are other policies supporting Smart Villages?
Smart Rural 27 – Smart Villages Taskforce
Smart Villages in Latvia
Skaistkalne and Kurmene are territorially, socially and economically connected villages. The total area is 2181 km2, population – 1654 inhabitants. The factors that unite the area are: marginal border area, Mēmele river, services and infrastructure (school, post office, pharmacy) ecologically helthy environment, agriculture, forestry and tourism. The area is also united by rural roads in poor condition. Many local farmers and foresters work very hardly on their farms, but do not gain economic stability, young people and people of working age are going abroad to make a profit. The most important resource of the area are people. Their challenge is to find, smart solutions for the resilience of the local community.Read more
The smart village “Jaunmuiza” consists of two parishes. The village has an elementary school and an amateur theater. Various activities are regularly organized in the village. The Smart Village projects are managed by the Jaunlutriņi Development Association (currently the association has 26 members). The association has implemented several projects by attracting funding from various sources.Read more
Small village in Nica district, close to the key port city Liepaja. It has a very special nature park at the sea coast owned by the locals, which is a recourse to be protected and sustainable used. Bernati is a famous destination for the open sea vacation during the summer. It has a strong local NGO, which involves the locals in interesting actions.Read more
The community is located close to the capital of Latvia (Riga), but it is a rural area with large forests. The values of the community are: a quiet, relatively natural environment, active and responsible people, nurturing Latvian traditions and creating their own community traditions. The community has not yet invested much in innovations, but it is proud of its people’s ability to share their experiences, celebrating common holidays and traditions, created their own forest story trail, flower beds, book cabins and more.Read more
Alsunga is one of two villages in the second smallest municipality in Latvia with 1 390 inhabitants. The local community is mainly made up of people with old cultural traditions – called suiti. The Suiti Cultural Space was inscribed in UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding in 2009. Alsunga is a good place to live, but ongoing depopulation is reducing available resources , thereby changing the living environment and the need for services. The main priorities are to develop sustainable local food and a craft market to increase marketing volumes for home-based producers and to develop the local school. Due to administrative reforms, the Alsunga municipality will be incorporated into a much larger municipality and will become an outskirts parish. This will require the development of a strong village strategy and team to keep the development of Alsunga.Read more
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