Jekabpils municipality, Latvia
(Jēkabpils novada pašvaldība)
1. Information about Jekabpils municipality;
2. International cooperation partners and projects.
||Address: Rīgas iela 150a, Jēkabpils, LV – 5202
Contacts: Kaspars (+37126075540), Gunta (+37126625480)
Chairman: Mr Edvins MenkisResidents: 5961, density of inhabitants 6,6
Territory: 90 409,7 ha
Jekabpils municipality is located in Zemgale region. It also is a part of historical region called Sēlija (Selonia) which has territory in Latvia and Lithuania. The territory lies on the bank of the river Daugava in length of 63 km. The main resources of development are qualitative territories for farming and forestry. The municipality is formed by former municipalities – Leimaņi, Kalna, Zasa, Rubeni, Dunava, Ābeļi and Dignaja. There are 17 different sized, mostly small, villages; 2 of them – Zasa and Rubeni are the largest. The administration is located in town Jekabpils which is out of the territory, but at the same time strategically beneficial centre for common development and sustainability. The main disadvantage of the territory is lack of good quality roads, low density of residents – 6,2 pers/km2.
Social infrastructure in Jekabpils municipality is quite well developed and service for residents is provided within education, social and culture spheres. Sports and different community activities are regularly supported. There are 5 primary schools and 1 secondary school. Pre-school teaching is also provided. Lifelong learning and culture activities take place in 11 libraries and 6 culture centres. Range of the technical infrastructure is different. Mostly in places with higher density of residents it is more sufficient; however utilities are with high level of deterioration, so they are uneconomical. Engineering and technical infrastructure in many villages requires investments for reconstruction and maintenance. At the same time financial means are used to improve infrastructure during last 4 years.
Jekabpils municipality has its values; it is rich of forests, swamps, lakes, diversity of nature. There are 10 especially protected territories which are included in the Europe-wide network Natura 2000; 9 territories of nature heritage and a nature park. Local culture heritage, landscape features makes the territory attractive.
To keep territory attractive for residents and visitors, municipality organize its work to provide qualitative public service, however a lot of activities are organised voluntarily to support initiatives of local communities, regional and national associations, research institutions. Protection of culture heritage is highlighted. The work can be effective only within the well organised collaboration.
External and internal collaboration of the municipality with establishments and nongovernmental institutions using local resources towards protection of culture heritage as a value of strong basis of identity, approach and process of integration, feasibility to promote entrepreneurship within the territory.
THE MAIN GOAL of the collaboration within the protection of culture heritage is to promote attractiveness of the territory, to learn experience and background of previous generations, to get better approach for directions of development in the future.
This is opinion of majority of people in the municipality who live, work here and create their initiatives.
Municipality has good co-operation with different establishments, associations, institutions within its territory and also externally. Without any doubt we can say that well established co-operation process provides not only information but also organizational and financial support to all partners but appeared synergy gives strong and positive impact to all players. The action of municipality is based on documents of development, but involvement of civil society, associations, and businesses during their development stage ensures interest, activity and responsibility of all players in the further work. Shortly it means that activity and creativeness of collaboration is sustainable. There are several fields of cooperation, but Jekabpils municipality can be proud of work within culture sphere and protection of culture heritage. Schools, libraries, culture centres, associations are included in common network. It helps to co-operate towards common aims.
There are many outcomes of well organised collaboration and using local resources effectively within protection of culture heritage, now we are providing six of them to get some impressions about. Those outcomes are results of initiatives working together, creating and implementing common projects, saving local values that are important not only locally, but also regionally, nationally and within EU as well. Results of protection of culture heritage in Jekabpils municipality are taken from different places of Jekabpils municipality territory. They demonstrante diversity of local culture, outcomes of good cooperation.
Activities of folklore group “Dignōjiši”
Folklore group “Dignōjiši” has been working to save and make available non material culture heritage – local folklore songs. It has produced the CD which contains folklore songs typical in the local area called Dignaja. The municipality has co-financed the project within culture program of Latvia. The translation of the CD is “There is good life on the bank of the river Daugava”. The group regularly takes part in national and international folk song festivals. The municipality usually provides financial support for everyday needs and for participation in festival. The leader of the group is Aīda Bikavniece.
Etnografical Selonian folk costume
Autentic medieval Selonian folk costume is an oucome of the project co-financed by municipality. It is available for visitors in the Crafts Centre in village Zasa. The project was implemented bu the association „Sēļu pūrs” in 2012 together with aleader of Crafts centre which is under Culture centre of village Zasa.
Historical belt called “Kaldabruņas Māras josta”
There are 52 elements 36 swastika / fire cross modifications. It is unique ethnographical material.
This belt is hair plait by essence, dominating colours – blue and yellow. There is digital version of this unique culture heritage.
The project was implemented bu the association „Ūdenszīmes” in 2012. The leader of the association is Ieva Jātniece.
Park of Latvian ethnografical signs in Leimani village
The imitative is provided by the local association “Akacija+” which has implemented several projects to establish the park where people could see and learn ancient ethnographical signs. It is located opposite the Leimani Culture center and gives information about ancient signs; each of them has explanation about its meaning.
One of etnographical Latvian signs in Leimani park
The book “Slate un Slates sils” about folklore and arheology issued in 2013.
There is the information about local territory. The book is published by Scientific research institute of Culture academy of Latvia. Jekabpils municipality has co-financed this book. There is an information about archeological monuments of Slate pine forest, besides local songs, legends, stories, are published. In preparation stage the expedition was organized in which scientists, local enthusiasts and young people – students took part. They had met old people and using audiovisual equipment gathered wide range of information. The book is brilliant resource of culture heritage.
Writer’s Aleksandrs Grīns memorial place
Writer Aleksandrs Grīns was born in 1895. His familyhas lived here during his childhood. He is very well known in Latvia by his novels about history and war. He also was an officer in Latvian army. He died in 1941. The municipality in cooperation with establishments – Kalna culture centre, Kalna library has made a memorial place near his house implementing two national projects administrated by Latvian association of municipalities as a one of the partners. Municipality takes active role to develop availability of A. Grin’s literacy heritage organising regular events, keeping contacts withs writer’s granddaughter, providing exposition of writer’s life and literacy heritage.
Writer’s granddaughter and well known pfotorapher are planting a tree in memorial place during event in June 14, 2013.
Majority of local people accept cooperation among municipality associations, business to provide support different kind of initiatives because only our identity can help us to survive nowadays to be flexible, to have approach about integration, to understand other nations.
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