The first version of the criteria for the selection of protected species has been published

The LIFE FOR SPECIES project is developing the criteria for inclusion and exclusion of species from the list of protected species, as well as the division of categories of protected species - according to the necessary protection measures and the damage caused in case of destruction of individuals. Based on the developed criteria, proposals for changes in legislation will be prepared.

The project species experts have compiled the first version of the criteria for inclusion of species in the list of specially protected species and the division into categories of protected species. It was presented to the general public at an online seminar on December 3, 2021.

The material is available HERE (in latvian).

The document explains the overview of the project activities and planned deliverables, as well as an insight into the criteria developed in the project for the selection and inclusion of taxa in the list of protected species and categories of specially protected species, based on several examples.

Everyone is invited to submit comments or suggestions on the current version of the criteria by 30 April 2022 by completing this QUESTIONNAIRE.

One of the goals of the LIFE FOR SPECIES project is to update the list of protected and endangered species based on scientifically based criteria, as well as to prepare proposals for changes in legislation. The current laws and regulations governing the protection of species have not been updated for more than 10 years. During this time, new scientific information on the occurrence of species and threatening factors has accumulated, as well as changes in the Latvian economy.

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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