Smart Villages support in Latvia
The SR21 Country Page
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
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?
No other policies supporting Smart Villages have been identified at this stage.
Please find further information about Smart Villages support in Latvia on the Smart Rural 21 project’s Latvia country page.
Smart Rural 27 – Smart Villages Taskforce
Smart Villages in Latvia
Varme parish is located in the eastern part of Kuldiga district, between Saldus and Kuldiga (23 km from Saldus and 22 km from Kuldiga). The territory of the parish covers almost 150 sq. km, mostly (51%) forest ad agricultural land.
In Varme, we believe in a unified vision of development and the involvement of the local community in its implementation. Our greatest asset is the willingness of local people to improve quality of life, promote tourism and support business in Varme. We are diverse in our skills and competencies, and united in ours in excitement. Our local activist groups and municipality have been implementing various projects and activities for many years to improve local infrastructure, organize the publicly accessible areas and enrich the cultural life of the parish. We see the basis of successful, innovative and sustainable development close cooperation between the parish administration, the local community and entrepreneurs, that is why we have joined the Vārme development working group, with the aim continue to improve local infrastructure, organize publicly accessible areas, enrich the educational, sports and cultural life of the parish, develop tourism and the recognition of Vārme, as well as to promote the involvement of various groups of society, especially young people. We have developed a unified strategy for the development of Vārme, with a common vision, goals and priorities, which allows different population groups, individuals and entrepreneurs to get involved in targeted and unified development of Varme.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
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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Last update: May 4, 2023