IUCN Hoverfly Specialist Group (HSG) was established in 2018. It brings together the experts around the world dealing with hoverflies, which will through their work strive to assess the threat of extinction for these species through Red Listing, generate and disseminate scientific knowledge, engage in conservation actions of these species and build public awareness about hoverfly significance. Details about planned actions can be found here.

Hoverflies are designated as second most-significant insect pollinator group, after bees. They have an important role in decomposition of materials, can function as bio-indicators and can be used in biological control. Regardless their numerous roles, their conservation, as many other invertebrates, is usually overlooked and neglected.