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Digitization of land improvement activities and opportunities for future development

2. May 2018 - 14:14

Baltic Regional Conference, 23–25 May 2018 in Estonia.

Conference venue and accommodation: Laulasmaa SPA conference centre, Puhkekodu 4, Laulasmaa, Lääne-Harju parish, Estonia. Visit website »


Conference agenda


Wednesday, 23 May

Time Item
17:00 Arrival and registration
19:00 Dinner

Thursday, 24 May

Moderators: Mr Toomas Timmusk, Estonian University of Life Sciences; Mr Mati Tõnismäe, Ministry of Rural Affairs of the Republic of Estonia

Time Item
8:00–9:00 Registration
9:00–9:15 Digitalization for land improvement activities and opportunities of the future development (2.17 MB, PDF)
Opening speech by Mr Marko Gorban, Deputy Secretary General for Agricultural and Rural Life Policies, Ministry of Rural Affairs of the Republic of Estonia
9:15–9:30 Water and irrigation: digitization for land improvement (4.34 MB, PDF)
Welcome by Mr Felix Britz Reinders, President of the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID)
9:30–9:50 Digital future in Estonian land improvement (4.66 MB, PDF)
Mr Lauri Kirs, Chief Specialist, Estonian Agricultural Board
9:50–10:10 VeeVeeb (WaterWeb) – water information system for water specialists and an interface for the public to gain access to information regarding the aquatic environment (806.68 KB, PDF)
Mr Rain Elken, Chief Specialist, Environment Agency, Estonia
10:10–10:30 Land improvment project design in 3D (2.96 MB, PDF)
Ms Kairi Juurik, Project manager, Reaalprojekt Ltd, Estonia
10:30–11:00 Coffee break
11:00–11:20 Creation of a digital map of Georgia GIS systems for forecasting wind erosion of soils for establishing the sustainability of farmland taking into account climate change (1.47 MB, PDF)
Dr Professor Givi Gavardashvili, Director of the Ts. Mirtskhulava Water Management Institute of Georgian Technical University
11:20–11:40 The integrated spatio-temporal information system of meliorative branch by data of agro-ecology-meliorative monitoring and remote sensing on the basis of GIS, database and Internet technologies (13.93 MB, PDF)
Mr Nikolay Vahonin, Director of the Institut of Melioration, Belarus
11:40–12:10 Use of GPS machine control system in agricultural land-drainage in Finland (1.63 MB, PDF)
Ms Helena Äijö, Managing director, Finnish Field Drainage Association
12:10–12:30 Creation GIS for land reclamation purposes in Russia (6.45 MB, PDF)
Dr Irena G. Bondarik, Secretary General National Committee of the Russian Federation on Irrigation and Drainage, VNIIGIM and Vice President of the ICID
12:30–12:50 Designing of systems of the watering drained peatlands on the basis of numerical simulation in the software package Mike (6.45 MB, PDF)
Larissa Makarova, Hydraulic Engineer, Chief Specialist, Department of Hydrotechnical and Water Management Construction, Candidate of Technical Sciences and J. Mazhaiskiy, Professor of the Mescherskiy Scientific-Technical Center”, Ryazan, Russian Federation
12:50–13:10 Group photo
13:10–14:10 Lunch
14:10–14:30 Land reclamation digital solutions practice in Latvia and future plans (3.83 MB, PDF)
Mr Valdis Groza, Head of Land Reclamation Cadastre Division, State Company Ministry of Agriculture Real Estate, Latvia
14:30–14:50 Land reclamation GIS in Lithuania (2.61 MB, PDF)
Mr Julius Mačiulaitis and Eimantas Smagorius, hydrotechnical engineers of land reclamation group of the state enterprise State and Fund
14:50–15:10  Внедрение информационных систем и цифровых технологий в мелиорации в Украине (7.53 MB, PDF)
(Application of informational systems and digital technologies in land reclamation in Ukraine)
Professor Mykhailo Romashchenko, Director of Institue of Water Problems and Land Reclamation of National Academy of Agrarian Sciences of Ukraine
15:10–15:30 Разработка способов осушения понижений тяжелых почв мелиоративных объектов Белорусского Поозерья на основе оценки рельефа с помощью цифровой модели (8.94 MB, PDF)
(The impact of detailed assessment of the heavy soils’ landscape of shrinkage of the meliorative objects on their drainage method)
Vladimir Makojed, leading researcher of the Institut of Melioration, Belarus
15:30–16:00 Break
16:00–19:00 Trip to Paldiski and Keila-Joa
19:30–23:00 Gala dinner with cultural programme

Friday, 25 May

Time Item
8:30–13:00 Field trip
Practical experiences in using digital devices
13:00–14:00 Lunch
14:00–15:00 Closing of the Conference