Activities along the Baltic Green Belt in Latvia

Below you will find a documentation of individual activities during the past months. Every six months, we summarise the project progress, to give an overview.

Lauku ceļotājs published coastal guidebook

The rural tourism association Lauku ceļotājs published the guidebook "Guide to the Coast of the Baltic Sea" in February 2012. It contains descriptions of 55 attraction sites, 28 touring routes, 55 guest accommodations as well as information about Europe and the Baltic Green Belt.

Click here for the guidebook:

Slitere National Park news 2012

Slitere National Park Administration informs visitors and locals about the regional heritage and ongoing topics of interest to nature lovers and others.

  • Slitere National Park news (in Latvian): [pdf]
  • Slitere National Park news (in English): [pdf]

Book about Livonians at the Latvian Green Belt

Most of the few left-over ancient Livonian fishermen villages in Northern Kurzeme are nowadays located in protected nature territories at the Latvian Green Belt – Slītere National Park or Ovīši nature reserve. The sharp winds of history have not had mercy upon this people who has lived in close relation to nature for hundreds of years: deportation, suppression and border zone restrictions have almost driven this people to extinction.

This book compiled by Māra Zirnīte with support of the Latvian Nature Conservation Agency covers six Livonian life stories and numerous photographic illustrations. They tell us of their daily life in ancient Livonian fisherman villages by the Baltic Sea which may give some ideas for a harmonic lifestyle also for future generations supporting a truly sustainable development as is persued by the Baltic Green Belt initiative.

See the book (in English): [pdf]

Book presentation: "Livonians in Northern Kurzeme"

The book "Livonians in Northern Kurzeme" compiled by Māra Zirnīte with support of the Latvian Nature Conservation Agency was presented in a public evening event in Ventspils on November 8th, 2011.

  • local newspaper announcement: [link]
  • summary: [link]
  • list of participants: [internal]

Military heritage management guidelines

Since the majority of the 19th and 20th century military heritage in the eastern BSR has been abandoned or even destroyed over the past decades, Lauku Celotajs developed guidelines which shall assure for the safe use and maintenance of military objects in tourism. This shall facilitate economical income and sustainable development to rural areas. Based on successful Middle-European practice, these guidelines show how to promote a usage by tourism and to draw public attention to the future protection of the military heritage, also keeping in mind environmental concerns.

  • guideline download: [pdf]

Baltic Green Belt - The Baltic network of the European Green Belt

In a joint article, Kiel University, BUND Mecklenburg_Western Pomerania, the Latvian Nature Conservation Agency and the Latvian Association for Rural Tourism summarise the background of the Baltic Green Belt network, the environmental situation at the Baltic Green Belt and present first outcomes in the field of cultural heritage development in Latvia and coastal nature conservation in Germany. The article was published in the German professional journal Jahrbuch für Natur und Landschaft, Bd. 58 (Annuals of Nature and Landscape).

  • Read the article (in German): [pdf]

 

 

Media trip to military heritage sites

On May 31st, 2011, a media trip will take place visiting the sites enclosed in the Military Heritage Map to promote the Baltic Green Belt tourism products and stimulate development of new products.

  • See the programme here (LV).
  • See the media trip photo gallery here.
  • Full media coverage see here.

Transferring experience from the Baltic Green Belt

Slitere National Park Administration representatives visited three National Parks in Lithuania and Poland from May 15th to May 18th, 2011, which have similar settings as Slitere National Park: remote areas, high natural values, and broad miliatry heritage.The goals of the transnational visits were to transfer experience from the pilot projects to BSR partner countries, and to identify possibilities for future cooperation to continue and extend the pilot projects “Courland Express” and“See for yourself”.

Nature guide published

In May Slitere National Park released a waterproof, pocketsized brochure entitled: "Discover the sea coast". It allows visitors of the Green Belt to identify the most common species of the Baltic Sea coast providing species names in Latvian, Latin and English. Since it is very easy to use, visitors can take it along while discovering the Baltic coasts on their own and wont need any guidance. By this brochure Slitere National Park seeks to make its visitors even more attentive to the natural values surrounding them.

See the brochure (in Latvian): [pdf]

3rd student traineeship at the Baltic Green Belt

In May 2011, Erik Sachtleber, student of Geography at Kiel University, took a second internship along the Baltic Green Belt. In preparation for his bachelor thesis he visited Slitere National Park in Latvia and the Seaside Regional Park in Lithuania. Besides several interviews on the Baltic Green Belt he conducted, he also took a share in the conservation work in both protected areas.

More information are available at Erik Sachtlebers blog (in German): [link]

Photo exhibition by Slitere National Park

This summer the Slitere National Park presented a photo exhibition on birds to its visitors. Many high quality and beautiful pictures of domestic birds in their natural environment, all made in the park itself, were put together. To every photo there also was a short information text about the bird shown in the picture.

See some of the pictures (with english text): [pdf]

 

Raimonds Vējonis, Minister of Environmental Protection and Regional Development in Latvia
Green Belt Information Stand
MobEE workshop (photos: Lauku Celotajs)

@ Nature Tourism Conference, Riga

From March 21st-24th, 2011, the Baltic Nature Tourism was hosted in Riga by the Latvian Country Tourism Association to illustrate management models adopted by protected areas in Europe and the Baltic Sea Region countries. The event - opened by Latvia's Minister of Environment Raimonds Vējonis - was attended by more than 250 registered participants. The Baltic Green Belt project contributed an international panel discussion organised by Kiel University, an information stand and a field trip by Slitere National Park Administration.

  • List of participants: [internal]
  • Conference summary: [pdf]
  • Full conference documentation: [link]

 

1st MobEE workshop

Within the conference, a workshop dedicated to the topic of low-energy mobility as one key aspect of sustainable tourism yet under-respresented was held by Kiel University co-organised by N.I.T. and Lund University on March 23rd 2011. Stakeholders from the European Green Belt presented practice examples as a basis for discussion and collection of ideas for future activities in this field. The workshop was part of the MobEE project financed by the International Bureau of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.&nb

  • Workshop documentation: [pdf]
  • Workshop presentations: [pdf]
  • Workshop participants: [internal]

 

 

Nature tour options along the coastline explored

From April 13th - 17th, 2011 specialists of Lauku Ceļotājs and rural tourism providers explored options to develop nature based Baltic Green Belt tourism products along the coastline. The new products will focus on nature values and military heritage in Ķemeri National Park, Engure, Mērsrags, Kaltene, Slītere National Park, Roja, Kolka, Ovīšrags, Svēte, Cena. Wildlife watching, visiting former military objects with local guides and other product options were assessed. The new routes will be promoted in the Green Belt guide - Latvia.

Presentation of the Map of Military Heritage

On February 24th, 2011 at the Latvian War Museum Lauku Celotajs invited all stakeholders to the presentation of the Map of Military Heritage and to a common discussion about the development of the map. Is the military history of Latvia – sites and stories – important only to us who have experienced it? Does it also holds tourism potential? The presentation was attended by 83 participants – tourism providers and specialists of the field, representatives of national and local government bodies, media and other stakeholders. The European Green Belt initiative and Baltic Green Belt activities in Latvia were presented at the event. More about the event – presentation of Map of Military Heritage (ppt, LV) and photos.

Balttour 2011

Lauku Ceļotājs and the Environmental Club Zvejone participated in the travel trade fair Balttour 2011, which was held from February 11th to 13th, presenting the military heritage map, Slitere National Park's pocket guide "Discover the Seaside" as well as the exhibition about the Lithuanian Seaside Regional Park. The international tourism fair was attended by 22,500 visitors, of whom 4500 were invited tourism professionals and customers. At the "Balttour 2011" were exposed 230 stands presenting more than 600 exhibition-fair participants from 34 countries. You can find out more about the travel fair in this brochure [pdf] or at www.balttour.org


Phase 4 - August 2010 to January 2011


 

Military Heritage Tourism map published

In close cooperation with project's experts Lauku celotajs has published a map of military heritage. This map of Latvia’s military heritage is aimed not just at inviting people to go on a unique trip to learn about Latvia’s military history, but also at offering a single source of information about little known, but very interesting objects about which we have very little evidence.
This map includes descriptions of 60 military objects, complete with photographs, including historical ones.

See the electronical version of the Map of Military Heritage here.

Pilot Project Report: military heritage tourism development in Latvia

Baltic Green Belt pilot activities in Latvia have been focused on development of tourism based on military and natural heritage. In a preliminary pilot project report, the partners involved - Lauku Celotajs, Slitere National Park and Kiel University - give an introduction to the region, summarise the activities and give preliminary lessons learned.The report will be updated by January 2012, once activities are finalised.

Report (in English): [pdf]

Slitere National Park news 2011

Slitere National Park Administration informs tourists about natural and cultural heritage and gives practical information for their visit to the national park: Slitere National Park News are issued once per year and are distributed in the National Park as well as through tourism offices in Kurzeme and electronically. In total, it reaches approximately 2000 local readers and travellers.

  • Slitere National Park news (in Latvian): [pdf]
  • Slitere National Park news (in English): [pdf]

Seminar on the development of natural and cultural tourism

On December 6th Lauku Celotajs held a seminar near the town of Cēsis. More than 60 participants followed the invitation and listened to several presentations concerning practical experiences about the development of products for a natural and cultural tourism. Experts spoke about the right way to develop cultural tourism, how to guide groups of tourists through protected natural areas or the marketing of mushrooms as a product for tourists.

  • See the agenda (in Latvian): [pdf]
  • participants: [internal]
  • full documentation: [link]
Photo: European Green Belt

European Green Belt conference

The BUND SH, BUND MV, Laukua Celotajs and IAES took part in a conference with participants from all along the European Green Belt. The conference was hold on the 6th of October in Kuhmo, Finland.

The conference presented a short overview on the whole European Green Belt and the activities performed there, highlighted obstacles and successes and intensified the discussion about the future development of the whole European Green Belt. And last but not least the conference tightened the bonds between all actors even further.

programme: [pdf]

participants: [internal]

Tourism stakeholders approve of the bicycle trail developed in Slitere National Park

Seven kilometers of bicycle trail for nature and culture lovers were newly established within the Baltic Green Belt project by Slitere National Park administration. Bridges and information boards make the trail an attractive part of a 30 km round tour through the territory of Slitere National Park. On October 2nd, 2010, five bicyclists set out in Mazirbe to test this tour, among them guest house owners, the head of Dundaga municipality tourism information centre, and a tourist guide of Slitere. In slightly sunny but chilly weather, they followed the trail of the former narrow-gauge railway Courland Express and learned about its history. After an hour, they reached the end of the tour in Sikrags. In a final evaluation, they discussed the quality of information and the trail bed, risks to take the wrong road, and the bridges, which are useful also to local people. Everyone agreed that this first stage of development is successful, but that it should only be the first step. In the future, the bicycle trail must be continued to follow the Narrow-gauge railway track in direction to Ventspils. 

TV broadcast about Slitere National Park...

... as a part of the Baltic Green Belt. In autumn 2010 the latvian TV channel LTV1 dedicated one episode of its program "Eurobus" to the topic "nature conservation". The question was, if it is possible that the conservation gives benefits to the latvian people instead of being nothing but a waste of money?

In this video it is shown, how the Slitere National Park - as a part of the Baltic Green Belt - raises awareness for the value of nature and gives tourists access to protected areas.

Watch the full video at YouTube (in Latvian): [link]

2nd Student traineeship in Latvian Slitere National Park

Starting from September 9th 2010, Erik Sachtleber, a geography student of Kiel University, assists Slitere National Park Administration in every day work at the Baltic Green Belt as a volunteer. He describes his experience in an online blog (in German): [link].

Bicycle Path along Kurzeme narrow-gauge railway

In Slitere National Park, a new 7 km long nature path for cyclists along a former narrow-gauge railway track, has been set up throughout this summer as a part of the Baltic Green Belt project. Two new wooden bridges and six information boards were placed along the path. They inform about the former use of the railway for both German and Soviet military, about natural and cultural heritage objects of interest in the vicinity of the path and about how to behave in the National Park in order not to harm this heritage.

Student excursion along the Baltic Green Belt

From August 26th to September 10th 2010, 29 geography students from Kiel University explored the Baltic Green Belt (BGB) in a bus excursion. The excursion was organised in cooperation of Kiel University with a number of Baltic Green Belt partners, who contributed seven field trips (BUND Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Green Federation GAJA, Seaside Regional Park Administration, CORPI, Läänerannik, IAES, Slitere National Park Administration), two workshops (SNP Administration and CORPI) and one panel discussion (IAES). Within 14 days, the students traveled more than 3300 km. Outcomes: 


Phase 3 - February to July 2010


Involving Stakeholders in Latvia

Tourism perspective of military heritage objects

On the 12th and 13th of July a seminar took place, concerning the tourism perspective of military heritage objects, especially within the developing process of sustainable tourism products. Altogether 18 representatives of local residents, the tourism business and other stakeholders along the Kurzeme coast line took part. Some best practice examples from Latvia and other EU countries were presented. The participants were introduced with the newly established military heritage data base and further planned project activities.

On the second day of the event a local field trip took place around the military heritage and nature protected areas.

See the program (in Latvian): [pdf]
See the protocol (in Latvian): [pdf]

Workshop: Tourism perspective of the North Courland Narrow Gauge Railway

The workshop took place on 21st of May in the Livonian Order Castle in Ventspils, Latvia and attracted some 40 participants from local district municipalities, state authorities, tourism information centres, NGOs of environment and Livonians, owners of tourism business. The Narrow gauge railway was very important type of transport in Northwest Latvia from 1916 till 1963. Historians gave meaningful insight in the railway influence to Livonian social and cultural life. Discussions arose about possibilities to use the artifact and mental values for tourism development. Slitere National Park Administration organized the seminar in cooperation with Museum of Ventspils which is currently implementing the ERDF funded project: "The inclusion in Ventspils transport structure and international tourism".

links & downloads: programme | participants

Rūta Baškytė, Head of the Lithuanian State Service for Protected Areas
Audience at the international conference
The Baltic Green Belt partners at the project meeting (all photos: M. Schultz)

2nd Baltic Green Belt Forum in Palanga

128 coastal stakeholders from science, NGOs and GOs participated in the international conference within the 2nd Baltic Green Belt Forum held from April 13th until 16th 2010 in Palanga, Lithuania. Organised by the Coastal Research and Planning Institute (CORPI) in cooperation with the Seaside Regional Park Administration, the Environmental Club Zvejone and Kiel University, the Forum comprised a film presentation, a national Lithuanian conference, an international conference, an international poster session, an excursion to the Seaside Regional Park and the Baltic Green Belt project meeting.

Among  the contributors were Ms. Rūta Baškytė, Head of the Lithuanian State
Service for Protected Areas, Mr. Lee Dudley (IUCN), the Coordinator of the European Green Belt, Mrs. Liana Geidezis (Friends of the Earth Germany), the Regional Coordinator for the Central European Green Belt, Mr. Simonas Šabanovas (Vilnius University), the European Green Belt Focal Point for Lithuania, Ms. Betina Meliss (Greifswald University), the BSRP-project coordinator of Agora 2.0, and Ms. Elena Taločkaite (Environmental Centre for Administration and Technology), the Lithuanian national BSRP-project coordinator of BaltCICA.

Key topics of the conference were tourism as part of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea, climate change and its impact on the Baltic Sea coast, Green Belt activities, and topics related to integrated coastal zone management.

  • programme [pdf]
  • list of participants [internal]
  • proceedings [link]
  • further documentation [link]

Developing tourism based on military and natural heritage in Latvia

Military Objects’ Usage Guidelines for tourism providers

Since the majority of the 19th and 20th century military heritage has been destroyed, some guidelines have been developed which shall assure for the maintenance and sustainable use of military objects in tourism in Latvia. Orientated at the successful Middle-European practice this guidelines show how to promote a usage by tourism and to draw public attention to the future protection of the military heritage.

summary of the guidelines (in English): [pdf]

full guidelines (in Latvian): [pdf]

Travel Day to Slitere

Lauku ceļotājs together with Slitere National Park administration invited everyone to take a part in a trip to Slitere on June 12, 2010. Together with family or friends everyone could enjoy an adventure-filled day individually or with the help of a guide - hiking, riding a car, a bike, or in a boat at the Slītere National Park. There was also presented the hiking and cycling route "Seeking for the longest wooden railway bridge". The nature hiking and cycling trail Curland Express has been developed within the Baltic Green Belt project. More about Courland Express see on www.slitere.com.

All infos about the Travel Day to Slitere - here.

Lauku Celotajs at Balttour 2010

From February 5th to 7th the tourism fair Balttour 2010 took place, where Lauku Celotajs presented the new military heritage data base and self-drive tour that have been developed within the Baltic Green Belt. Some of the about 17.000 visitors took the chance to share their own memory about the latvian military heritages. Read more: [Link]

Making the Green Belt visible in Latvia

U Tube Channel of Wildilfe films from Slitere National Park

The rare Black stork and White-tailed Eagle have found refuge in the forests of the Baltic Green Belt. Here, they are undisturbed by men and show their natural behaviour. Slitere National Park Administration has captured great pictures of some of the typical wildlife behaviour of both common and rare species and presents it as movies. Some movie examples with descriptions can be found here. Find all movies at the new UTube channelhere.

Baltic Green Belt @ International workshop on rural tourism

An international workshop on rural tourism was hold, bringing together European profesionals in rural tourism to summarise and evaluate changes within the sector. To face the challenges, the actual economical situation in Europe brings up to rural tourism, innovative, constructive and successful approaches were highlighted. Participants of the workshop were also introduced to the Baltic Green Belt project and its activities.

For further informations, visit the workshop's homepage: [link]

See all speakers and their presentations: [link]

Sticker distributed during awareness days in Slitere National Park.

International Day of Biodiversity at the Green Belt

The 22nd of May is a special day: every year the world celebrates the International Biodiversity Day sanctioned by the UN. This is a great opportunity to draw public attention to the issues at stake. Along the European Green Belt, several activities took place. Among them was the awareness day of Slitere National Park, Latvia, during which a film and webcam pictures about common and endangered species of the area were presented near old Slitere Lighthouse. Furthermore, a workshop with young people was held on a sailing ship, which dealt with the environmental problems of the Baltic Sea. It was organised by BUNDJugend (young people's branch of Friends of the Earth) in cooperation with BUND Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Along the former inner German border, BUND Lower Saxonia also organised public awareness events.

Photo exhibition about reptile and amphibian wildlife in Slitere National Park

Birds are attractive to men, while toads, snakes and newts normally cause look of disgust on people's faces. In this new photo exhibition, the experienced biologist Vilnis Skuja of Slitere National Park Administration presents the beauty of these "beasts" to the visitors and explains ecological peculiarities about these species that are mostly threatened by extinction: See for yourself! You will most probably find these creatures less disturbing next time you deal with them. 

Photo exhibition: [pdf]

 


Phase 2 - August 2009 to January 2010


Already during the second phase of the project, the Latvian partners made good progress and presented parts of their new tourism products, namely a brochure, online data bases, a webcam and a tour guide. Regular organisation of stakeholder events and participation in external events, the partners enhanced the visibility of their specific and the overall Green Belt ideas.

Involving Stakeholders in Latvia

Seminar on tourism offer development and financial aid options

On 12th of November, 2009, an awareness raising seminar about innovative tourism product development and available financial aid options took place in guest house "Brūveri" in Gauja National Park. The seminar orgnaised by Lauku Celotajs gathered 65 participants representing local municipalities, tourism business and other stakeholders. The main topic of the seminar was to encourage the stakeholders to develop new tourism products and offers using potential of military heritage objects and nature tourism. Best practice examples of Latvia and other EU countries were presented.

Cycling route test in Liepāja and Ventspils

On a suggestion of regional environmental and tourism experts a test cycling was organised on August 22nd and 23rd 2009 around Liepaja and Ventspils.
Next to the project team, tourism providers from Liepaja and Ventpils. The test tour included work outs in military heritage sites. The project group is continuing to work on the development of military tours to offer to tourists. See event pictures here.

1st Student traineeship in Latvian Slitere National Park

Geography students of Kiel University, have accomplished an internship at Slitere National Park in summer 2009 and have supported the Baltic Green Belt project for six weeks. They put down their experiences along the Baltic Green Belt in Latvia in their online diary. The diary is provided in English and in German. Go to the diary.

Developing tourism based on military and natural heritage in Latvia

Guide: Military heritage self-drive route in Kurzeme, Latvia

A route (automobile, hiking, biking) focused on the military heritage and environment of Kurzeme was developed by Lauku Celotajs. The route is planned for 4 days, (appr. 700 km). Points of interests included in the tour description are various military heritage sites of different times combined with diverse nature protected areas. Follow this link for more detail, the route description and a list of points of interest.

Data base for tourists: protected marine sites in the Latvian Green Belt

Not so long time ago, the shoreline of Latvia was a restricted zone of high security on the western border of the Soviet Union. Therefore, a  variety of nature values have developed untouched and some of them now have the status of nature protected area on the cost and in the sea. Lauku celotajs has gathered information about 7 newly established marine protected areas of Natura 2000 in the Baltic Sea and Riga Bay.

Webcam for nature lovers at Slītere Lighthouse: See for yourself!

The Lighthouse of Slitere is located 100 meters above sea level, five kilometers from the Baltic Sea, from which Sliteres National Park forests and the sea can be seen. To watch this breadth, there is no need to go to the Northern Kurzeme. Now, thanks to the project “Baltic Green Belt”, every Internet user can see it any time. "See for yourself!" by clicking the new webcam broadcast installed by Slitere National Park Administration: webcam.

Kurzeme narrow-gauge railway brochure

The Kurzeme narrow-gauge railway once made its way 140 km through the dense forests of Kurzeme, a part of the Baltic Green Belt. Building of the railway started in 1916, and it was used up to 1963. Back then, it completely changed this remote part of Latvia, connecting Ventspils city with coastal fishermen villages and the big rail network thus fostering economic and cultural growth in the region. Nowadays, there are no rails left, but the path serves as a trail for people discovering Kurzeme's nature. Slitere National Park Administration gives you insight into the history of this trail in a new brochure: 

  • in Latvian [pdf]
  • in English [pdf
  • in German [pdf].

An online database for militay heritage

Lauku ceļotājs provides a multilingual database for tourists which describes the military heritage in Latvia. Numerous objects from Soviet times don't reveal their secrets to the public nowadays. Organisational as well as historical information about them - including contemporary witnesses stories - are given in Latvian, English, German and Russian.

Making the Green Belt visible in Latvia

Slitere National Park - Website

Fitting to the weather of the past weeks, the SNP presents on its website informations and pictures about wildlife during the cold months of the year.

Pictures of two eagles fighting for a piece of carrion show how rough but beautiful and sensitive the nature along the Baltic Green Belt is.

Baltic Green Belt in Slitere National Park Newsletter

A special issue of the newsletter is dedicated to the Baltic Green Belt project. The newsletter is sent out to professionals in nature protection as well as to local people and interested visitors.

newsletter download [pdf]

International Workshop: Linking Baltic Green Belt with the Iron Curtain Trail

BUND Schleswig-Holstein and Lauku Celotajs participated in the awareness-raising workshop for the Iron Curtain Trail in Warsaw, 19th November 2009. Iron Curtain Trail is a European cycling and hiking trail which runs 7000 km from the Barents Sea in the north to the Black Sea in the south. The workshop highlighted the importance of cycling tourism, its benefits and the Iron Curtain Trail as a EuroVelo route, presented European best practices of cycling tourism and promoted networking of countries and regions along the former Iron Curtain towards the establishment of a future trans-national cycling route, the "Iron Curtain Trail". The Baltic Green Belt is seeking a close cooperation with the Iron Curtain Trail as the approaches are complementary. More about the Iron Curtain Trail here.


Phase 1: February to July 2009


During the first phase of the project, the Latvian partners set up their environment for the development of tourism products attractive to visitors interested in both natural and cultural values, namely biking and hiking routes as well as a webcam for remote nature observations. This also included the organisation of workshops to meet and include local stakeholders and participation in tourism events such as exhibitions and conferences.

Involving Stakeholders in Latvia

Stakeholder meeting

The Baltic Green Belt project group met with external tourism and environmental experts to discuss project progress and planed activities in holiday cottage "Zaku juras maja" in July 2009. Within the meeting the group went on a local field trip to generate new ideas for sustainable development of the project territory and potential tourism product development. As part of the seminar, newly developed criteria for evaluation of military heritage objects suitability for tourism use and inspected and added nature protected areas to be included in on-line database were presented.

Local cooperation for development of new tourism products in Kurzeme

On May 11th, 2009, the first local stakeholder seminar took place at the "Laumas" Nature Park. 35 participants from tourism businesses, local representatives, specialists from ministries and other stakeholders took part in seminar. The seminar raised active discussions on prospects and obstacles in development of tourism services in the Kurzeme region with the focus on Baltic sea coast line. 

Latvian rural tourism conference in Riga

The association "Lauku ceļotājs" organised the annual rural tourism conference on March 11th, 2009. Altogether the event gathered 251 participants from press, public and local authorities, tourism information centers, stakeholders and other interested persons. The main issue of the conference was how to achieve an increase of tourism with nature tourism development in protected areas. Participants of the conference were introduced also with the idea of project "Baltic Green Belt". An overview of development of rural tourism in Latvia and perspectives for development with the short presentation of project "Baltic Green Belt" in Latvian.

links & downloads: presentation, conference minutespictures

Developing tourism based on military and natural heritage in Latvia

Nature webcam installed on Slitere Lighthouse

The Slitere NP has installed a webcam (see test regime) on the top of their Slitere NP. As the lighthouse is situated in the middle of a 60.000 ha area of forest, numerous technical arrangements needed to be made in order to get the technics going.

Second project visit at Baltic Sea coastline

Project staff from Lauku celotajs continued a field visit along the Baltic Sea on 27th and 28th of July, 2009 in Talsu, Ventspils and Liepajas districts. Staff members inspected existing military heritage objects and met local residents and business representatives.  New military tourism route ideas were generated and potential cooperation partners were found to jointly develop, offer and maintain these tour routes.

Project visit at Baltic Sea coast line

Project staff from Lauku Celotajs did field visits in Liepaja district along the Baltic sea on 5th and 6th of May, 2009. They met local residents and business representatives who are living or working within or close by nature protected areas or military heritage objects. The aim of field visits was to gather informatin and make contacts with existing and potential partners who are interested in sustainable development of the region and establishment of new tourism products.

Making the Green Belt visible in Latvia

Baltic Green Belt at tourism exhibition Balttour 2009

"Lauku ceļotājs"  participated in the annual tourism exhibition Balttour 2009 to present the Baltic Green Belt to the public. This year, the main focus was set on different kind of tours (self drive, cycling, hiking and canoeing) and countryside bounty farms. Visitors were informed about the Baltic Green Belt projects which we began with an aim to improve countryside tourism offer in Latvia.