A seminar on criteria and categories for the listing of specially protected species has been held

On December 3, the project team presented the progress made so far in compiling the national list of specially protected species, telling more than 80 stakeholders about the criteria developed for the selection and evaluation of species.

One of the objectives of the LIFE FOR SPECIES project is to update the list of protected and endangered species based on scientifically based criteria. Researchers in species groups are working on defining different groups of criteria (affected criteria, non-affected criteria, subjective criteria) to select species for evaluation according to IUCN criteria, as well as for inclusion in the list of specially protected species and endangered species, or in the Latvian Red Data Book.

On December 3, the seminar presented the current progress in the development of criteria to nature conservation professionals and other stakeholders, as well as outlined the approach to categorizing species according to the required conservation measures or in the event of damage to an individual or a breeding site.

Continuing the work on species evaluation and listing, the project plans two more seminars, in which we will invite a wider range of stakeholders to the discussion, as well as discussions are planned for smaller groups of species experts.

The Project “Threatened species in Latvia: improved knowledge, capacity, data and awareness” LIFE19 GIE/LV/000857 LIFE FOR SPECIES is implemented with the financial support of the LIFE Programme of the European Union and Latvian State Regional Development Agency. 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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