The Ministry of Environment according to The Law of Species and Habitat Protection (point 4, paragraph 5), issued instruction No.166 about the routine of creating the protection plan of species and habitats.

The routine of planning  species an habitat protection

The planning of Species and habitat protection is coordinated and supervised by Nature Protection Agency.

Suggestions about protection of species and habitats can be submitted by any person or organisation. The proposals should be handed in to NPB. The proposals should include following information:

  1. justification of the necessity of the plan 
  2. amount of work and money required
  3. possible sources of financing
  4. possible developer  and cooperation partners
  5. possible interest groups influenced by the plan

NPB gives its conclusion about the plan in a month. If necessary, experts are involved in the evaluation process by NPB. The author of the proposal is informed about the decision made. 


Confirmed species protection plans

Order of Minister of Environment

Species Protection Plans

Nr. 1-2/57 (VARAM 16.04.2018.) Eurasian otter (Lutra lutra)  

1. Annex. Dr. Andreas Kranz. Comments on the Action Plan for Eurasian otter Lutra lutra Conservation.  (PDF 0,51 MB)

Nr. 1-2/27 (VARAM 09.02.2018.) Brown Bear (Ursus arctos)  

1. Annex. John Linnell. Review of Latvian “Action Plan for Brown Bear Ursus arctos Conservation Plan 2018 to 2022.  (PDF 0,07 MB)

Nr. 1-2/3 (VARAM 12.01.2018.)

Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx)

1. Annex. John Linnell. Review of the Latvian “Action plan for Eurasian lynx Lynx lynx conservation and management” revision for period 2018 to 2028.  
2. Annex. Review of the Latvian Eurasian Lynx Action Plan  (PDF 0,23 MB)

Nr. 1-2/200 (VARAM 27.12.2017.)

Grey wolf (Canis lupus)

1. Annex. John Linnell. Review of the Latvian “Action plan for grey wolf Canis lupus conservation and management” revision for period 2018 to 2028
2. Annex. Dr. Alistair Bath. Review of the Latvian Wolf Action Plan  (PDF 0,23 MB)

Nr. 1-2/201 (VARAM 27.12.2017.) Hazel Grouse (Bonasa bonasia)  (available in Latvian)

Nr. 261 (VARAM 07.08.2014.)

Lilypad whiteface (Leucorrhinia caudalis)  (available in Latvian)

Nr. 261 (VARAM 07.08.2014.)

Smooth snake (Coronella austriaca) (available in Latvian)

Nr. 186. (19.06.2010.)

Thick shelled river mussel (Unio crasus) (available in Latvian)

Nr. 394. (21.11.2008.)

Medicinal leeches (Hirudo medicinalis) (available in Latvian)

Nr. 212. (02.07.2008.)

Natterjack Toad (Bufo calamita) (available in Latvian)

Nr. 45. (18.02.2008.)

European pond turtle (Emys orbicularis) (available in Latvian)

Nr. 12. (10.01.2007.)

European Fire-bellied Toad (Bombina bombina) (available in Latvian)

Nr. 428. (28.12.2005.)

Hermit beetle (Osmoderma eremita) (available in Latvian)

Nr. 140. (14.04.2005.)

Black stork (Ciconia nigra)(available in Latvian)

Nr. 2. (04.01.2005.)

Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus) (available in Latvian)

Nr. 363. (10.11.2004.)

Freshwater pearl mussel (Margaritifera margaritifera) (available in Latvian)

Nr. 75. (03.03.2004.)

Black grouse (Terao tetrxix)