“Safeguarding Biodiversity: Red Lists and Beyond”


1ST ANNOUNCEMENT (December, 2023)

Date: September 18-20, 2024
Location: Riga, Latvia (EU)

Safeguarding biodiversity remain a topical challenge of our time, thus we would like to announce the upcoming international conference: "Safeguarding Biodiversity: Red Lists and Beyond." This conference will convene from September 18th to 20th, 2024, in the city of Riga, Latvia, and it is organized by the Institute of Biology at the University of Latvia in collaboration with the Nature Conservation Agency.

Conference aim: to share experience, transfer knowledge and best practice on national and regional redlisting and application of the IUCN methodology, conservation of threatened and rare species, as well as development of biodiversity data systems.

We kindly invite experts, researchers, practitioners and students to attend the conference. We will ensure this event to offer a great platform to delve into discussions, explore innovative approaches, and foster collaborations aimed at protecting our planet's unique biodiversity.

The conference language: English.

The format of the conference: hybrid (face-to-face and remotely).

Preliminary agenda:

  • September 18, 2024: visit of LIFE project sites in Latvia (will be organized in collaboration with Nordic-Baltic LIFE project platform meeting).
  • September 19 and 20, 2024: presentations and posters, discussions, exchange of experience & social activities. 

The scientific program will be structured in plenary, oral and poster sessions. The internationally recognized invited key-note speakers will be announced later.


  • Biodiversity data systems: storing, analyzing and sharing data (a workshop).
  • Species assessments according to the IUCN methodology – approaches, challenges, results.
  • Rare and threatened animal species (birds, invertebrates, etc.) - research, conservation, management, and practice.
  • Rare and threatened vascular plant, fungi, lichen, bryophyte, etc. species - research, conservation, management, and practice.
  • Conservation policy, strategies, and funding of rare and threatened species.
  • Innovative methods of study and monitoring of threatened species. 

Both oral and poster presentations related to any of the conference and workshop topics will be considered.

Call for abstracts: participants are invited to submit abstracts on research and discoveries relevant to the conference topics and workshop. The abstracts can be submitted during the registration process using a link on the conference web-site (will become available early of 2024). Abstracts should not exceed 400 words. All abstracts must be in English and should be submitted not later than by the end of May, 2024. The authors will be informed about acceptance for presentation (oral or poster) by email until June 30, 2024.

We kindly encourage all potential attendees to apply in time, as the number of participants in person (face-to-face) will be limited. Participants will be approved in the order of submission of their abstracts.

Participation fee: free of charge (EUR 0.00) for author of oral or poster presentation and EUR 150 for accompanying person.

Organizers: Institute of Biology of the University of Latvia in collaboration with the Nature Conservation Agency of the Republic of Latvia.

Stay Tuned: further details regarding participation, registration, speakers, and event agenda will be unveiled in early 2024. Mark your calendars and join us!

For inquiries and updates, please contact us at

Looking forward to welcome you in Riga, Latvia.

LIFE FOR SPECIES project team


The conference is organized by the Project “Threatened species in Latvia: improved knowledge, capacity, data and awareness” (LIFE19 GIE/LV/000857 - LIFE FOR SPECIES) with the financial support of European Commission and the State Regional Development Agency, Republic of Latvia

This material is created with the financial contribution of the LIFE programme and the European Union. This publication reflects only authors’ view. Neither CINEA (European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency) nor European Commission are responsible of any use that may be made, or the information contained therein.

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