|Type of Entry:||Case Study|
Apart from the two ports, Ventspils and Liepaja, where most of the area's 165 000 inhabitants live, the 260 km coastline is primarily rural and natural. A substantial part of the dunes is forested. The management of the polders and drainage network was relaxed for a period after the Soviet withdrawal. It is taking time to establish and put into operation the new administrative structures to deal with integrated coastal zone management.
In 1990, the government decided to establish a 600-metre-wide protection belt (300m of land, 300m offshore) to protect the natural and recreational resources. This belt must be incorporated into land-use plans at the various levels (national, regional and local). A temporary administrative structure was set up to coordinate the various levels and administrative sectors concerned. The administrative bodies taking part are three district councils, two municipal councils (Dome) and 11 local authorities (Pagasti).
|Keywords:||Dunes, Environmental management, Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM), Policy|
|Contact:||Ms Anita Ms Bisofa
Ministry of the Environment and Regional Development
Peldu St. 25
|Financed by:||PHARE Programme and support from the World Bank (www.worldbank.org)
European Union (EU) (http://ec.europa.eu/)
|Coastal databases provided and maintained|
by EUCC - The Coastal Union Germany