IES has become the national ambassador of the European Commission’s Copernicus Programme

The Institute for Environmental Solutions (IES) has received the European Commission's Copernicus Relay status, which makes IES the national ambassador of the Earth's most ambitious observation programme. In 2016 the European Commission opened an application for volunteering institutions (Copernicus Relays) that can help to increase the uptake of the freely available Copernicus data, promote the benefits and opportunities of Copernicus, as well as coordinate domestic activities related to the programme.


Only 58 institutions across the world were granted Copernicus Relay Status. As Latvia's only representative IES will play a key role in improving the domestic awareness and understanding of opportunities provided by Copernicus, as well as widening the community of users (both sectoral and geographical). Thereby maximising the programme's impact by contributing to the development of new products and services that use Copernicus data and information.

Find the list of Copernicus Relays here

Copernicus is the most ambitious Earth observation programme to date and its tasked with providing accurate, timely and easily accessible information to improve the management of environment, understand and mitigate the effects of climate and ensure civil security. The initiative is headed by the European Commission in partnership with the European Space Agency.

More about the Copernicus Programme