Latvian Forest Days are Open for Applications

Already for the second year, JSC “Latvia’s State Forests” (LVM) invites both forest and timber industry representatives, as well as nature friends, to participate in the largest exploratory forest event in the Baltics – the Latvian Forest Days. Last year, the event in LVM Nature Park in Tērvete brought together more than 12 000 visitors. Also in 2019, the event is to take place in Latvia’s State Forests Nature Park in Tērvete on 24 and 25 May.

Every forest and timber industry company, educational institution, public organisation and other enthusiasts are invited to participate in this event with their own forest information stands. Please contact the event coordinator Normunds Namnieks by 1 February 2019, by calling 29181734 or writing to the e-mail address, outlining briefly your capabilities. Each participant will be provided with free space for their activities by including them in the joint infrastructure of the event and in communication with the mass media.

Schools will have an opportunity to apply for the event from 1 March to 15 May on the website, where the published information on the planned activities will be gradually supplemented.

“The tradition-rich Forest Day events got a new form last year. The large number of forest and nature-related organisations that told the visitors about the forest as our most important natural resource, revealed the principles of environmentally friendly and sustainable forest management. It convinced us of the need to organise this event this year as well, with the hope of turning it into an annual celebration. The participants of the Latvian Forest Days have the opportunity to share their mutual experiences, to establish new friendships and to tell about themselves to thousands of persons interested. See you in LVM Nature Park in Tērvete, where the forest and the forest industry will become the central event of the Park for two days,” says Normunds Namnieks, Project Coordinator and Project Manager LVM Recreation and Hunting.

In the Latvian Forest Days 2018, visitors got to know the forest from different perspectives: discovered the depths of mysterious land and minerals, got acquainted with the facinating work of arborists, participated in demonstrations of the Latvian Red Deer Bellowing Club and watched a hunting dog parade. Modern forest management and road construction techniques attracted a great deal of interest from visitors. Participants could make their own bird cages and feather decorations. Enthusiasm and passion shone in the eyes of everyone who visited the various stands of forestry-related educational institutions and school students had an opportunity to get an insight into their possible future profession.

Latvian Forest Days is organised by JSC “Latvia’s State Forests” in cooperation with Tērvete Municipality Local Government, the Latvian Forest Owners’  Association, the Latvian Wood Industry Federation and the society “Zaļās mājas”.


Lithuanian State Forests © EUSTAFOR

Following the joint statement by the forest sector  “Call for an updated and stronger EU Forest Strategy” on the report from the European Commission on progress in the implementation of the Forest Strategy, stakeholders held a round table event in Brussels to further discuss the need for an improvement in policy coherence in the future.

Since the EU Forest Strategy was adopted in 2013, the challenges for the European Forest Sector have been growing and the EU policy framework and the EU policies affecting forests have strongly evolved. The sector has therefore called on the European Commission, Parliament and Council to propose an updated and stronger EU Forest Strategy, before the end of 2019, which encompasses recent and upcoming EU policies and is adequately resourced at the appropriate levels of the European institutions.

The issue was debated at a round table meeting during lunch time on 4 February 2019 (10.30-14.00) at the European Forestry House, rue du Luxembourg 66, 1000 Brussels.

PHOTO: Lithuanian State Forests © EUSTAFOR


EUSTAFOR starts work on the SINCERE Project

Spurring INnovations for forest eCosystem sERvices in Europe (SINCERE) is a four-year project funded through the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme. From 2018 to 2022, SINCERE will develop novel policies and new business models by connecting knowledge and expertise from practice, science and policy, across Europe and beyond.

EUSTAFOR will play a major role in the dissemination of information on the project through our website, our member newsletter, but also through workshops and conferences.  EUSTAFOR will support the implementation of a European-wide survey, to be distributed to members, which is meant to identify interesting cases for forest ecosystem innovations across Europe. In addition, a member meeting will be organized on the subject in order to provide the project organizer with relevant practitioner experiences in the area of ecosystem services.

Members will be invited to attend SINCERE workshops and conferences. EUSTAFOR will be a co-organizer of the final science policy event in Brussels to take place in November 2021.

For more information on the project can be found on EUSTAFOR’s website page dedicated to the SINCERE Project.

Previous work by EUSTAFOR on ecosystem services:
Ecosystem Services in European State Forests (brochure from 2011)
Ecosystem Services in European State Forests – Case Studies (2011)

LVM GEO Mobile – Latest Geospatial Data All in One Place

The latest information from the most important geospatial data creators in Latvia has been updated and supplemented in the LVM GEO Mobile mobile device app created by JSC “Latvia’s State Forests” (LVM). The app updates are binding on every resident of Latvia, as well as on forestry professionals.

With the new version of the app, anyone interested will now have on-line access to the State Land Service cadastre, the Rural Support Service Field Register and Nature Protection Board environmental protection areas: specially protected nature areas, microreserves and their buffer zones, EU habitats, secular trees, tree plantations, nature monuments and geological formations.

This new information can be viewed in the app along with the already available orthophoto, LVM forest map, terrain model, background map offered by the publishing house “Jāņa sēta”, ZMNĪ (Real Estate of the Ministry of Agriculture) reclamation cadastre, vegetation patterns, and other geospatial data and map services.

“Mobile and geospatial technologies have great potential, without which future forestry is unthinkable. Currently, the development of the LVM GEO Mobile app has just started and the work on its functional capabilities is continuing. However, we can already assess the importance of this application at the level of availability of new geospatial data that can be used by every resident of Latvia on their mobile devices. Collecting geospatial data and services in one place, making them available to any user, and, no less important, keeping the data up to date – these are just some of the important tasks for years to come. We are satisfied with the work done, but we continue to work on the next challenges, since this is just the beginning,” says Māris Kuzmins, Head of LVM GEO Geospatial Information Technology Development Team.

 GEO Mobile is a free map application for mobile devices primarily intended for JSC “Latvia’s State Forests” and other forest management companies to receive geospatial tasks. However, LVM GEO Mobile app can be useful to anyone interested, for example, to find one’s bearings in nature.


Secondary School Students are Invited to Take Part in the LVM Bio-economy School Scholarship Contest

JSC “Latvia’s State Forests” (LVM) calls on secondary school students and students of vocational education institutions to participate in the LVM Bio-economy School scholarship competition. For the first round of the competition, all interested should submit their vision for a poster on the theme “Forest for Latvia. The Next 100”; it should be done before 31 January 2019.

After evaluating the posters submitted for the first round of the competition, the authors of the best works will have the opportunity to acquire new knowledge by heading for a one-day expedition to LVM-managed forests and JSC “Latvijas Finieris” factories together with industry experts. The acquired knowledge and the new impressions will help the contestants create a video message for the UN International Day of Forests, which will have the decisive role in the decision as to who will receive the LVM Bio-economy School scholarship.

JSC “Latvia’s State Forests” scholarship fund – 1500 euros. New this year – additional scholarships of recognition in the amount of 250 euros for two most creative students of schools in Riga city from LLC “Rīgas Meži”, and one scholarship for innovative presentation of wood products to be granted by JSC “Latvijas Finieris”.

The LVM Bio-economy School scholarship competition for secondary school students is already for the third year organised by JSC “Latvia’s State Forests” in cooperation with the association “Zaļās mājas”, JSC “Latvijas Finieris”, LLC “Rīgas meži” and the National Centre for Education with the aim to raise public awareness of the growing role of forest resources in addressing environmental problems.

The registration form and additional information on the scholarship competition are available on the website