Alsunga is one of two villages in the second smallest municipality in Latvia with 1 390 inhabitants. It is a good place to live, but ongoing depopulation is reducing available resources, thereby changing the living environment and the need for services. The main priorities are to develop sustainable local food and a craft market to increase marketing volumes for home-based producers. The village has also set up an open and inclusive ‘smart village action group’ to bring in ideas and concrete actions for the development of Alsunga.
Spring cleaning of Alsunga river and its banks
Alsunga locals have started cleaning up the Kaulinupe river running across the village from landfall trees and beaver-built dams, aiming to maintain the paths of the river banks and create picnic sites and walking routes. The spring cleaning has revealed glimpses of the river curves and the mighty oaks on its shores. The Kaulinupe river forms a picturesque gorge that dates approximately 12 000 years back, when the coast of the Baltic Ice Lake stretched along Alsunga’s current border and most…
Alsunga celebrates national independence online
The village of Alsunga will join the virtual processions of folk costumes, celebrating Latvia’s independence on 4 May, as all in person gatherings are still prohibited due to the Covid 19 pandemic. Located in the Suiti cultural space, which is on the UNESCO World Intangible Cultural Heritage list, Alsunga prides itself on the glamorous folk costumes that locals wear on occasions such as the independence day celebration. The legend goes that Baron von Schwerin introduced the folk costume in the…
Smart Rural Communities Cafés are organised for selected and Come Along! Smart Rural 21 villages. Each café is hosted by the representative(s) of a local community who talk about the community’s approach to ‘smart villages’, community engagement, inspiring initiatives and much more… During the Smart Cafés village representatives can discuss informally ideas, approaches and questions ... Read more
Smart Village Academy
Two Smart Rural Academy online events were organised within the framework of the Smart Rural 21 project, with the participation of over 100 village representatives (from the 21 participant and Come Along! villages), Smart Rural 21 core team members and national experts. The main purpose of the meetings was to inspire participants through presenting and ... Read more
The Smart Rural project is a two and a half-year project supported by the European Commission (DG AGRI) with the overall aim to promote and inspire villages to develop and implement smart village approaches and strategies across Europe, and to draw conclusions and support future policy interventions on smart villages.
- Dec 2019 - Smart Rural 21 project started.
- Jan 2020 - Strategy development started with five preselected villages.
- Jan – Jun 2020 - Application to become one of the additional 16 villages.
- Jun 2020 - 16 additional villages selected & started strategy developement.
- 27 Oct 2020 - 1st Smart Village Academy
- Dec 2020 - All selected villages complete their smart strategies
- Feb 2021 - Smart action planning starts in all 21 villages
- 23-24 Feb 2021 - 2nd Smart Village Academy
- Jul 2021 - Selection of 2 villages to complete strategic actions in full
- Sept 2021 - 2nd Regional Workshop
- Jun 2021 - 1st Regional Workshop (Northern Region)
- Dec 2021 - Strategic action support completed in 21 villages
- Apr 2022 - Final Conference
- Jun 2022 - Smart Rural 21 project ends