International Conference

Consume - Conserve - Communicate

Riga, Latvia

Radisson Hotel Blu Latvija

 Friday, June 10, 2022 

9:30 - 17:00


About the Conference

Communications has never been as important as it is today. It means we are more connected, and it provides us with an opportunity to share and develop ideas with people from across the globe.

Unfortunately, the new age of communications has also led to the development of issues that have seeped into all areas of our society. Information and views are becoming increasingly polarised. Social media provides individuals and entities a platform to express their thoughts, even though they may not be founded in truth and facts. This sea change in the way we influence one another, combined with the growing pressures on biodiversity and certain conservation actions, presents us with challenges that we must address going forward.

How do we communicate our successes? What types of messaging are most effective? And what can we learn from our allies and from those across the table?

All of this and more will be explored at this international conference in Riga.


We hope to see you all there to join in the insightful discussions we have planned.



9:45 - 10:30

Opening Ceremony

H.E. Kaspars Gerhards, Minister of Agriculture of  Latvia

Dr. Philipp Harmer, CIC President

Keynote: Dr. Zoltán Kovács, State Secretary for International Communication & Relations, Hungary

Moderator: Tamás Marghescu, CIC Director General

10:30- 11:00

Coffee break

11:00 - 12:00

Thematic Panel I.

Wildlife Management in the Baltic Region

Presentations by Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania on wildlife management in their respective countries, and best practices in communications.

Moderator: Sebastian Winkler, CIC Deputy Director General

12:00 - 13:00

Lunch break

13:30 - 14:15

Thematic Panel II.

Utilising Communications Tools in the 21st Century

Augustin Leclerc, Director General Corporate & Partner Division,

JIN – Influence Agency

Marc de Beaufort, CEO Idafield – Strategic Communication Consultancy

Bupe Banda, Community Leaders Network from Zambia

Tristan Breijer, Senior Vice President of Hunter & Co. App.

Moderator: Rob Yorke,Environmental dialogue broker and Rural commentator

14:15 - 15:00

Thematic Panel III.

What can we learn from across the table?

Deborah Vorhies, CEO of Fair Wild

Tamás Marghescu, CIC Director General

Stephan Wunderlich, German CIC Delegation

​Stephen Fern, Chairman of Ark2030 Foundation

Moderator: Dr. Zoltán Kovács, State Secretary for International Communication & Relations, Hungary (TBC)


15:00 - 15:30

Coffee break

15:30 - 16:15

Feedback from the International Journalism Symposium

Conservation and Sustainable Use of Wildlife Resources 

16:15 - 17:00

Conclusions - Take Home Messages


Welcome dinner


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