The SUBMARINER Network in Latvia

Knowledge-based bioeconomy is defined as one of RIS3 fields in Latvia since 2013. Consequently, Latvian Bioeconomy Strategy 2030 was accepted in December 2017 and has a vision that   bioeconomy sectors of Latvia are innovation leaders in the Baltic States in preserving natural capital, increasing its value and exploiting it efficiently and sustainably.  The growth of economy providing higher added value products, promoting exports and employment should be achieved, simultaneously balancing economic interests with good environmental quality and sustainable biodiversity. However, the Strategy is mostly “green” and blue growth/blue bioeconomy are tackled more at regional planning documents like Smart blue specialization strategy for Riga planning region and Kurzeme region Sustainable development strategy 2030. Regional plans address maritime industries, mariculture and fisheries, renewable energy production, biotechnology and health tourism for the development of coastal municipalities. Importance of more specialized education and research to reach the growth is stressed. Also Latvian MSP 2030 is based on principles of sustainable development and use of marine space reflecting the need for novel uses of the Baltic Sea resources. 


Key Facts

  • Population: 1,93 million (2018). 
  • Area: 64 573 km2
  • 498 km coastline
  • Area of coastal municipalities covers 12,5% of territory with 44% of country’s population living there
  • 12 000 rivers and 2256 lakes
  • 119 municipalities in 4 regions
  • Latvia has the world’s fourth fastest internet connections and over 800 free wi-fi connection points in capital city Riga
  • Cornerstones of the Latvian economy are agriculture, chemicals, logistics and woodworking
  • Other prominent sectors: textiles, food processing, machinery production and green technologies. 

Good Practices from Latvia


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