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ICHI places available
There are four places available on the ICHI ( Innovation and Cultural Heritage Interpretation) programme to Latvia from the 6th-13th June 2009. If you know of anyone who would like to apply then please ask them to look on the website and complete an application form as soon as possible. Details of this year's programme and last years reports are also on the website

The Leonardo da Vinci Grant covers the costs of travel, accommodation and subsistence for the duration of the exchange.

ICHI is open to everyone working in cultural heritage management, the project aims to develop the skills of Scottish professionals involved in the field of heritage interpretation and tourism. It is a wonderful opportunity to network with other Scottish professionals involved in heritage management, cultural heritage interpretation, environmental education, and sustainable rural development programmes as well as being a great way to fulfil your CPD requirements for 2009

The programme has been designed with cooperation with the Latvian Natural History Museum, the main theme is environmental interpretation, it will be led by staff from the Natural History Museum in Riga who work closely with the environmental guides from Latvia's 4 National Parks. The programme focuses on interpretation of natural and cultural heritage sites and how they can deliver social and economic objectives without endangering the resources that they depend on.

Please see the draft programme attached below.

If you require any further information then please email or phone me

Kind Regards

Sheila Roberts

ARCH, Olney Bank,The Ross,Comrie,Perthshire,PH6 2JU

Tel +44 (0)1764 670653

Mob. +44 (0) 7789393205

This is the provisional programme and may be subject to change

6th - 13th June 2009

An excellent website for discovering Latvia is

Day 1 - Arrival

Day 2 -Spend the day in Riga and visit the Natural History Museum with the guides who have helped create this programme. The museum has six departments Geology, Botany, Zoology and Entomology, Anthropology, Palaeontology and People and the Environment. It has a large collection of natural specimens from Latvia and around the world and a wide environmental programme promoting a caring attitude towards nature and intelligent uses of its natural resources

Riga Zoo

Established in 1908 Riga Zoo is involved with research and conservation projects and has 41 species of animals who are on the IUCN ( International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural resources) list in the red book of endangered species. The zoo successfully reintroduced the European tree frog which had become extinct in Latvia. It helps to sustain itself with private sponsorship and has increased its visitor numbers after regaining its independence in 1991.


Day 3 -Our host Maija will guide us around Talsi and Pedvale Open Air Museum in Sabile. Pedavale Open Air Museum creates a working environment for sculptures and artists using various techniques and mediums including woodcarving, printmaking and stonecarving.They are encouraged to draw inspiration from nature and locally found materials and has a collection of over 150 sculptures and works of art by local and foreign artists.

Day 4 - Tervete Nature Park with environmental guide Ligita Bogdane.

Tervete Nature Park is a very popular family friendly park set in a picturesque landscape with an interlocking network of paths dotted with wooden sculptures and fairy tale characters reflecting Latvia's rich cultural heritage.The park is listed as one of the top ten must see places in Latvia and has won the tourism award as the best place for family recreation in 2005

Day 5 - State Forest Service, Consultation Centre in Vestiena, Pakalniesi with forest nature trails environmental guide Inese Mailte.

Pakalniesi is a training centre for forest owners, families and school children. It consists of interactive educational trails that teach about the ways and habits of wildlife.

Day 6 - Gauja National Park with environmental guide Meldra Langenfelde.

The Guaja National Park is the largest in Latvia and is a marvellous combination of nature (forests, rivers, caves ) and cultural sites ( cities of Sigulda, Cesis, Valmiera, castles of Sigulda, Krimulda and Turaida.) The park focuses mainly on the promotion of environmental education and creating a greater understanding of nature and conservation.It also has facilities for hiking, cycling, boating and camping and although focusing mainly on nature protection it also includes educational and leisure tourism.

Day 7. Departure

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