Course code JurZ5018

Credit points 6

Land Management

Total Hours in Course162

Number of hours for lectures24

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes24

Independent study hours114

Date of course confirmation16.02.2022

Responsible UnitInstitute of Land Management and Geodesy

Course developer

author Zemes pārvaldības un ģeodēzijas institūts

Anda Jankava

Dr. oec.

Course abstract

The objective of the study course is to learn the basic principles, applied methods and processes for planning land management and development actions of the rural and urban areas. The tasks are: to acquire land management theory and understand the process of political, economic and legal aspects. The study course gives an perception of land relations, the role of land use planning, the role of land use planning in the arrangement of the territory, real estate formation and land consolidation.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

After completing the study course the student:
- knows and understands the goals and tasks of land management practice and appropriate practice to achieve them;
- knows and understands the land interrelations and the role of land use planning in their formation. Knows the methods, basic principles and significance of land use and land consolidation measures;
- can independently assess land use and land management planning related situations;
- can apply land use planning and land consolidation measures to ensure sustainable land development;
- knows the political, economic and legal aspects of land management;
- is able to make decisions and provide strategic leadership in the effective use and planning of land resources.

Knowledge and skills will be improved, demonstrated and assessed the seminars, compiling and submitting a report.

Course Content(Calendar)

1. Introduction to land management. Land management institutions and land policy (2 h).
2. Land as a resource and object of property rights. (2 h).
3. Land Information System. Land management planning and implementation of plans (2 h).
4. Land use and development objectives in rural areas. Building solutions in rural areas (2 h).
5. Agriculture as a basis for rural development (4 h).
6. Forestry and water management. Nature protection and recreation areas (2 h).
7. Urban land use and development. Urbanization and cities.
8. Objectives of urban land management.
9. Administrative territory and settlement centers, their reforms and current situation (2 h).
10. Spatial development planning in Latvia (2 h).
11. The concept of land use. Origins and development of land use (2 h)
12. Scientific bases of land management and regularities of development (2 h)
14. Land management system in Latvia. Land management abroad (2 h).
15. Theoretical bases of land use planning (4 h).
16. Land consolidation as a special measure promoting sustainable land use (2 h).

1. Land as a natural resource and an object of real estate rights (2 h).
2. Tasks of land management, the role of land policy in land management. Land management institutions and regulatory framework (2 h).
3. Planning in land management. Land Information System (2 h).
4. Land use and development in rural areas. Rural construction solutions (2 h).
5. Land use and sustainable management in agriculture (2 h).
6. Sustainable forest and water management. Use of nature protection and recreation areas (2 h).
7. Urban land use and land management objectives. Urbanization and cities (2 h).
8. Administrative division, historical review of its reforms in Latvia.
9. Spatial development planning in Latvia.
10. The concept and meaning of land use planning, historical development in Latvia (2 h).
11. Concept, types, forms and objects of modern land management (2 h).
12. Land characteristics and natural conditions to be taken into account in land use (2 h).
13. Scientific and theoretical bases of land use planning, land use planning methodology (2 h).
14. The concept, types and economic, social and ecological significance of land consolidation (2h).
15. Land consolidation project development process (2 h).
16. Closing seminar - presentation of the report (2 h).

Requirements for awarding credit points

Test with a mark.
The following conditions must be met in order to success:
- active participation in seminars (at least 85% attendance), presentation of the individually investigated subject agreed with the lecturer;
- prepared and submitted report on a topic of student choice and agreed with the lecturer, which is related to the issues included in the study course programme.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Studies of land use and land management specific literature and legislation. Preparation of presentations for seminars. Preparation of a report (up to 10 pages) on the topic of land management (preferably in connection with the topic of the master's thesis).

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

The assessment of the student performance consists of:
- evaluation of the report and its presentation (50%);
- evaluation of student activity during the seminars ans the quality of the presentations (50%).

Compulsory reading

1. Auziņš A. Zemes pārvaldības pamati. Rīga:, RTU, 2008. 107 lpp.
2. Auziņš A. Zemes izmantošanas novērtēšana un pārvaldība: Zinātniska monogrāfija. Rīga:, RTU Izdevniecība, 2016. – 270 lpp.
3. Veitners Z. Zemes pārvaldība. Grām.: Zeme: mana, tava, mūsu.../J.Stradiņš u.c. Rīga: VZD, 2002, 211.-281.lpp.
4. Locmers M. Zemes ierīcības uzdevumi, saturs un nozīme. Jelgava: LLU, 1999. 100 lpp.
5. Zemes pārvaldības likums: LR likums [tiešsaiste] pieņemts 30.10.2014. Stājas spēkā: 01.01.2015. [Skatīts 25.02.2022.] Pieejams:
6. Zemes ierīcības likums: LR likums [tiešsaite]. Pieņemts 14.09.2006. Stājas spēkā: 01.01.2007. [Skatīts 25.02.2022.] Pieejams:
7. Williamson I., Enemark S., Wallace J., Rajabifard A. Land administration for sustainable development. California: ESRI Press, REdlands, 2010. 487 p.
8. Parker S. Urban theory and the urban experience: encountering the city. London: New York: Routledge, 2004. 210 p.

Further reading

1. Paršova V. Nekustamā īpašuma formēšana. Jelgava: LLU, 2010. 359 lpp.
2. Zemes reforma – atslēga uz īpašumu. / Aut. kol., zin. red.J.Mierkalne. Rīga: VZD, 2012. 335 lpp.
3. Butāne A., Lasteniece V. Lauku saimniecību formēšana un konsolidācija. Jelgava: LLU, 2000. 77 lpp.
4. Zeme: mana, tava, mūsu.../ J.Stradiņš u.c. Rīga: VZD, 2002. 342 lpp. .
5. Boruks A. Zemnieks, zeme un zemkopība Latvijā: no senākiem laikiem līdz mūsdienām. Rīga, 1995. 449 lpp.
6. Volkovs S.N. Zemes ierīcība. Zemes ierīcības teorētiskie pamati: studiju līdzeklis., No krievu val. tulk. A.Jankava. Jelgava: LLU, 2016. 365 lpp.
7. Zemes izmantošana un kadastrs Latvijā. / A.Boruka red. Rīga: LLU Skrīveru zinātnes centrs : LR Valsts Zemes Dienests 2001. 402 lpp.
8. Larsson G. Land Management as Public Policy. Lanham, MD etc.: University Press of America, 2010. Pieejams LLU FB e-grāmatu datubāzē EBSCO eBook Academic Collection LLU datortīklā un ārpuss LLU tīkla ar LLU Is parolēm (e-studiju). Pieejams:
9. The Design of Land Consolidation Pilot Projects in Central and Eastern Europe: FAO Land Tenure Studies, No 6 / Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations. Rome, 2003. 58 p. Pieejams internetā:
[Skatīts 25.02.2022.] Pieejams:

Periodicals and other sources

1. Valsts Zemes dienesta mājas lapa. Pieejams:
2. Latvijas mērnieku biedrības mājas lapa. Pieejams:


Academic higher education master's study programme “Environmental, Water and Land Engineering", specialization "Land Management"