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Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre
The State Ltd “Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre” (LEGMC) is a governmental institution under the supervision of the Ministry of the Environment of Latvia. It ensures the implementation of national policy in the areas of environment protection, meteorology, climatology, hydrology, geology and hazardous waste.
LEGMC was established according to the Order of the Cabinet of Ministers (Nr. 448; 01.07.2009) and is a successor in rights and obligations of Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Agency and Hazardous Waste Management Agency.
The main spheres of LEGMC activities are:
to monitor and assess environment and hydrological, meteorological and geological processes;
to develop shared environment information system compatible with other national information systems and international networks;
to provide environmental information;
hazardous and radioactive waste management.
Staff number: Centre has a staff of 312 members (01.09.2010).
Areas of responsibility in the areas of environment protection:
development of environmental monitoring system in line with national and European policy needs, international recommendations and guidelines;
assessment of environmental quality and natural resources;
report on environment quality, meteorological, hydrological phenomena, warnings of dangerous and natural disasters, weather and hydrological forecasting;
environment laboratory testing;
management of environmental data, maintenance of databases on water resources and inland water quality, air emissions, air quality, chemicals, waste management, protected nature areas, protected biotopes and species, and polluted areas;
maintenance of GHG emissions trading national scheme;
supervision of subsoil resources and insurance of rational subsoil use;
acting as the National Focal Point of the European Environment Agency (EEA) within the European environment information and observation network (Eionet). The Agency represents the Republic of Latvia within the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), operates as competent Latvian body for International Forum on Chemical Safety (IFCS) as well performs executive functions in Latvia implementing international conventions related to meteorology, hydrology and environment, member of EUMETNET, EUMETSAT, ECMWF and EurogeoSurvey.