On 27 October the State Plant Protection Service was visited by the Head of the Agricultural Research Unit of Research and Statistics Division of Norwegian Institute for Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO), Siri Svendgård-Stokke and Research Manager Geir-Harald Strand for a mid-term evaluation visit of the Norway Grants project "Improving sustainable management of soil resources in agriculture". During their visit, the NIBIO experts learned about the project's progress and visited one of the soil carbon monitoring network sites set up as part of the project in Sigulda municipality. Demonstrations of field work and sampling were given at the site.
The experts then visited the Agrochemical Laboratory of the State Plant Protection Service to see how soil samples are further prepared and analysed. Finally, a meeting with experts from the Department of Agrochemistry was held and the newly developed soil carbon monitoring database was presented.
This was one of several meetings. NIBIO experts will prepare a report on the progress of the project and, if necessary, make recommendations.
The cooperation partners in the Norway Grants Climate and Environment Programme 2014-2021 "Climate Change Mitigation, Adaptation and Environment" in the project "Improving Sustainable Management of Soil Resources in Agriculture" are the Ministry of Agriculture of Latvia, the Norwegian Institute for Bioeconomy Research, the University of Latvia, the Latvian State Forest Research Institute "Silava" and the State Plant Protection Service.
The project has a planned budget of €1.83 million, comprising €1.56 million in Norway Grants funding and €0.27 million in national co-financing.
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