We are looking for the opinion of the public on the Kurzeme coastline values that should be addressed in the Thematic Coastal Plan. The Kurzeme Planning Region, in starting the development of the Thematic Coastal Plan, and seeks the public to participate in this process via the survey open until 30 November this year.
The survey is based on ArcGIS and requests answers to a number of questions related to the Baltic coast and its development, along with mapping coastal values. The survey will take on average 10 minutes of your time to complete.
Click here for the survey.
The results of the survey shall feed into the development of the Kurzeme Thematic Coastal Plan. The coast of the Baltic Sea and the Gulf of Rīga constitute a resource-rich and valuable space, representing major benefits for the Kurzeme region in terms of multiple and integrated development. However, at the same time, this space generates conflicts of interests and challenges that go beyond the competence of individual municipalities and sectors, and therefore requires cooperation and integrated solutions.
The development of the Kurzeme Region Thematic Coastal Plan is being carried out within the “Baltic Sea2Land” project aiming to research on the development, resources, capacity, and potential of the coastal area of the Kurzeme Region and to obtain information for further planning process.
Planning activities will focus on:
• involving different stakeholders and providing integrated, multi-level planning of coastal waters and coastal terrestrial part at regional level, while balancing different interests and taking into account available resources;
• analysing current coastal management and drawing up proposals to improve it.
Planning area – territorial units of coastal municipalities bordering the sea (coastal rural authorities and towns), including coastal sea waters within 2 km of the coastline.
The public survey is intended to gather residents’ views on coastal values and identify topics to be addressed in the Thematic Coastal Plan, together with an interactive map display for further use in the development of the plan.
About the project
The Kurzeme Region is currently implementing the project “Fostering Integrated Governance for the Joint Sustainable Use of Human and Natural Capital in the Near Shore Zone” (acronym – Baltic Sea2Land). The project will run from 1 January 2023 to 31 December 2025. It aims to balance the Blue Economy sectors (e.g. tourism, energy, fisheries), nature protection and local community interests, thus contributing to integrated and inclusive coastal management, including spatial data management and alignment for the different levels of governance and interest groups in the Baltic Sea Region.
The project is funded by the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Transnational Cooperation Programme 2021-2027.
About the Kurzeme Planning Region
The Kurzeme Planning Region is one of the five planning regions established to provide planning, coordination and cooperation between local governments and other public authorities in the region. The region is represented by 8 municipalities, 2 city municipalities - the city of Liepāja and the city of Ventspils, and 6 regional municipalities – South Kurzeme, Kuldīga, Saldus, Talsi, Tukums and Ventspils region.
To learn more about the Kurzeme Planning Region, its functions, and projects, please visit: https://www.kurzemesregions.lv/en/kurzemes-planosanas-regions/
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