The EU Platform on Coexistence between People and Large Carnivores is a grouping of organisations representing different interests groups which have agreed a joint mission:
"To promote ways and means to minimize, and wherever possible find solutions to, conflicts between human interests and the presence of large carnivore species, by exchanging knowledge and by working together in an open-ended, constructive and mutually respectful way"
In June 2014, high-level representatives of a range of stakeholder organisations signed an agreement on the key principles of engagement in the activities of the Platform.
The original text, as agreed and signed is only in English and therefore this is the authentic language version.
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The Platform has carried out the following activities:
Organised events such as an annual meeting and regional workshops;
Gathered case studies demonstrating good practice in a range of Member States;
Collected reports to form a library of references;
Produced a Platform communication plan;
8 - 10 June 2017 - Regional Workshop in Romania
The fourth Regional Workshop of the EU Platform on Coexistence between People and Large Carnivores took place in Bucharest, Romania, organised by FACE and WWF and their national members General Association of Romanian Hunters & Anglers (AGVPS) and WWF Romania. The participants of the workshop shared good practices in large carnivore management and communication between different stakeholders in Romania and discussed the current situation with large carnivore management. At the end of the workshop, a workshop statement was agreed. More information is available here.
1 June 2017 - Plenary Meeting
The Platform's annual Plenary Meeting took place in Brussels on 1 June. Items on the agenda included the presentation of the case studies analysis and reflections on joint work with regional platforms. A press release from the meeting including a statement on large carnivore management in Romania was agreed. More information is available here.
May 2017 - New leaflet on use of Rural Development funds
A study commissioned by the EU Large Carnivore Platform, showed that a number of EAFRD measures are already used to support coexistence, particularly the provision of fencing and livestock guarding dogs. However many Member States where large carnivores are present, do not take up this opportunity and there is great potential to use this funding source more widely for a wider range of innovative actions. For more information, see the Platform Rural Development web-page where the report and a leaflet translated into a range of languages is available.