The Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Latvia and the partners invite You to Norway Financial Mechanism project’s “Enhancement of substantiable land soil resource management in agriculture” international opening conference, 24th September 2021 from 10:00 to 13:00 EEST (GMT +3). The conference will be held online in ZOOM platform in English and Latvian.

The participants of the conference will be presented with three significant projects currently being implemented in the fields of environment and climate: 

Anyone interested is welcome to participate! 

For more information, please, contact the organisers – E2SOILAGRI project manager Lauris Leitāns, +371 27087484,

The partners of the pre‑defined project “Enhancement of sustainable soil resource management in agriculture” of the Norway Grants Climate and Environment Program 2014 – 2021 “Climate change mitigation, adaptation to them and the environment” are the Ministry of Agriculturethe Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Researchthe Latvian State Forest Research Institute SILAVAthe State Plant Protection Service and the University of Latvia.

The planned project budget is EUR 1,83 million, including the Norway grant EUR 1,56 million and EUR 0,27 million - the national co-financing.

Working together for a green Europe! 

10.00 – 10.05 Opening the Conference, moderator Imants Frederiks Ozols

Opening speeches

10.05 – 10.10 Head of Minister’s Office Jānis Eglīts

10.10 – 10.15 Ambassador for the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Latvia Kristian Ødegaard

Project of the Norway financial mechanism “Enhancement of sustainable soil resource management in agriculture”


10.15 – 10.25 Sustainable use of agricultural soils in the implementation of the objectives of the European Green Deal, Kristīne Sirmā, Ministry of Agriculture

10.25 – 10.35 NIBIO – the Norwegian Soil Survey Programme and the role in E2SOILAGRI, Siri Svendgård-Stokke, Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research

10.35 – 10.45 Improving reliable, country-specific soil information of agricultural land, Imants Kukuļs, University of Latvia

10.45 – 10.55 Establishment of the national soil carbon monitoring system, Gints Zabītis, State Plant Protection Service

10.55 – 11.05 elationships between soil carbon stock and GHG emissions from soil in drained organic soil in grasslands, Andis Lazdiņš, Latvian State Forest Research Institute "Silava"

11.05 – 11.20 Questions and answers

LIFE OrgBalt “Demonstration of climate change mitigation potential in nutrients rich organic soils in Baltic States and Finland”


11.25 – 11.35 Objectives and expected results of the LIFE OrgBalt project for climate change mitigation in organic soil management, Ieva Līcīte, Latvian State Forest Research Institute "Silava"

11.35 – 11.55 Organic soils management scenarios in LIFE OrgBalt project and their potential impact on greenhouse gas emissions, Andis Lazdiņš, Latvian State Forest Research Institute "Silava"

11.55 – 12.00 Questions and answers

LIFE GOODWATER IP “Implementation of River Basin Management Plans of Latvian towards good surface water status”


12.00 – 12.10 Implementation of River Basin Management Plans of Latvian towards good surface water status, Jānis Šīre, Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre

12.10 – 12.25 Practises for soil and water management to improve surface water quality in agricultural landscapes, Ainis Lagzdiņš, Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies

12.25 – 12.30 Questions and answers

12.30 – 12.40 Closing remarks of the Conference