Ms. Baiba ZasaMinistry of Environment of the Republic of Latvia25 Peldu Str.LV-1494 Riga, LatviaPhone: +371 7 026910Fax: +371 7 820442
Latvia is situated on the East Coast of the Baltic Sea. The length of Latvia's Baltic coastline is 490 km - comprising 182 km of Baltic Sea coast to the Lituanian border and 308 km coastline of the Gulf of Riga to the Estonian border.
The Gulf of Riga and the Irbe Straight are internationally important wintering sites for waterbirds, where the total number in autumn and winter can exceed 2,000,000 birds.Latvia is situated on a trading cross-road and has long since served as a bridge between Western Europe and Russia. The famous "route from the Vikings to the Greeks" mentioned in ancient chronicles stretched from Skandinavia throught Latvian territory along the Daugava River to the ancient Russian and Byzanthine Empire.For Latvia the Baltic Sea is important for fishery, transportation and trading routes. Ventspils, Riga and Liepaja are the biggest ports in Latvia. Fish resources and their utilization traditionally have had a significant role in the Latvian national economy. Baltic Sea creates favorable conditions for recreation, tourism and scientific research.
The Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Agency is responsible for establishing and coordinating the State Monitoring System. The Latvian Institute of Aquatic Ecology is responsible for and conducts the State Program for Marine Monitoring and HELCOM Combine programme. It assesses the ecological impact of different anthropogenic and natural factors on the Latvian marine environment on a long term basis.Baltic marine environment monitoring and research programmes are also carried out by subordinated institutions of the Ministry of Environment of Latvia, i.e. the Marine and Inland Waters Administration of the State Environmental Service, the Environmental State Inspectorate, Regional Environmental Boards and scientific institutions like the Institute of Biology, the Latvian Fish Resources Agency and the Latvian University of Agriculture.Latvia also participates in Integrated Coastal Zone Management Projects as well as in the GEF Baltic Sea Region project.
Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Latvia
Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre
Ms. Ilze KrukleHead of Communication DivisionMinistry of Environment of LatviaPhone: +371 7026418
Mr. Juris AigarsDirectorLatvian Institute of Aquatic EcologyTel: +371 7 601 995Mr. Andris Andrushaitis
Coastal zone monitoringMs. Anda IkaunieceHead of the Laboratory of HydrobiologyMarine Monitoring CentreLatvian Institute of Aquatic EcologyTel: +371 7 602 301
Ms. Antra StipnieceFaculty of BiologyUniversity of LatviaTel: +371 7 945 393
Mr. Maris VitinsDirectorLatvian Fish Resources AgencyTel: +371 7 612 409
Mr. Viesturs JansonsTel: +371 30 29908Latvian University of AgricultureAgricultural runoff monitoring system (developed in the framework of Swedish-Latvian BEAROP project)
Ms. Evija SmiteDirectorMIWA