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Latvia - Overview

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Main References

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Biodiversity Facts

Status and trends of biodiversity, including benefits from biodiversity and ecosystem services

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

The nature of Latvia is determined by its geographical location in the western part of the East European plain and on the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea... More »

Main pressures on and drivers of change to biodiversity (direct and indirect)

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

The main threats to biodiversity in agricultural lands are the polarization of the agricultural landscape and overgrowing due to lack of management and melioration... More »

Measures to Enhance Implementation of the Convention

Implementation of the NBSAP

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

The first National Program on Biological Diversity was adopted by the Government in 2000. It was supplemented with an Action Plan containing a list of detailed activities to be fulfilled to ensure biodiversity protection in each ecosystem type and economic sector... More »

Actions taken to achieve the 2020 Aichi Biodiversity Targets

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

Before submission to the Cabinet of Ministers for adoption, all documents elaborated by the Ministry of Environment are made available on the ministry's website, where the public at large can post comments on the documents, where consultations with NGOs can take place, etc... More »

Support mechanisms for national implementation (legislation, funding, capacity-building, coordination, mainstreaming, etc.)

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

The system of nature protection in Latvia is mainly regulated by 2 laws, namely, the Law on Species and Habitats Protection and the Law on Specially Protected Nature Territories... More »

Mechanisms for monitoring and reviewing implementation

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

Since 2009, national environmental indicators, including 15 biodiversity indicators, have been set in national legislation. They have been elaborated according to specific national needs and conditions and, in general, coincide with the seven focal areas of the CBD indicators... More »

National Contacts

Full details of national contacts »

Convention on Biological Diversity

Ms. Daiga Vilkaste
CBD Primary NFP
H.E. Mr. Jānis Mažeiks
CBD Secondary NFP
Mr. Gatis Eriņš
SBSTTA NFP
Ms. Vija Buša
Protected Areas NFP
Mr. Andris Soms
CHM NFP
Ms. Valda Baronina
GSPC NFP
Mr. Valdimārts Šlaukstinš
ICNP ABS NFP

Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

Mrs. Inese Aleksejeva
Cartagena Protocol Primary NFP, BCH NFP

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