The largest area in the region is covered by forest – currently 54% with an increasing tendency over the last years. Agricultural land covers around 32% of the territory. Kurzeme region has the longest sea border in the country – 350 km long sea coast – beach, steep coasts, dunes, coastal villages and towns, great variety of nature and cultural landscapes. More than 90% of all Kurzeme settlements are farmsteads.
Within BE-Rural, the focus will be on the potential of by-products of forest management, such as young forest stand thinning and short rotation coppice. The team will further investigate the value of agroforestry systems of perennial grasses and the production of hay or grass seeds.
National and regional bioeconomy strategy
In 2017, the Latvian government published a dedicated national bioeconomy strategy 2030 (LI-BRA).