Experts from Colombia and other countries draw on Latvia’s experience and traditions in forestry

16.07.2017. 21:20

On 16 July, a diploma ceremony at the Tērvete Nature Park marked the official closing of the International Summer School, "Cycle of life – from tree seeds to high quality organic wood products”.

Those present were addressed by Irina Pilvere, Rector of Latvia Agriculture University; Judīte Dobele, head of the Americas and the Caribbean Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia; and Victoria Gonzalez Ariza, Ambassador of Colombia, who had arrived in Latvia to congratulate nine Colombian forest sector experts. 

In her remarks, the Ambassador expressed satisfaction at the successful bilateral cooperation between Latvia and Colombia and, on behalf of the Colombian Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, she thanked Latvia Agricultural University the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other donors for their contribution to the success of the summer school project and expressed hope in further fruitful cooperation.

From 8 to 16 July, in the course of the project, the participants of the summer school attended lectures, training sessions and creative workshops to gain experience in reforestation and forest maintenance and explore the sector of wood processing and manufacturing of various wood products, thereby getting an insight into Latvia’s forest industry and its traditions. Alongside Colombian forest experts, the summer school was attended by participants from Greece, China, Mexico, Slovakia, and Uzbekistan.

Background information

The International Summer School in Latvia was supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the State Education Development Agency, Latvia Agriculture University, the Latvian State Forest Research Institute “Silava”, Joint Stock Company “Latvia’s State Forests”, the Forest and Wood Products Research and Development Institute, and the Jelgava City Council.

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