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;
Carried out an in-depth analysis of 10 case studies;
Researched the use of Rural Development funds in supporting coexistence;
Collected reports to form a library of references;
Produced a Platform communication plan;
Platform Case Study Analysis Report published
Ten best practice examples were analysed in detail to identify what makes the case study an example of good practice and if the experience has the potential to be used elsewhere to reduce conflict related to coexistence between people and large carnivores. The report is available here.
Second Online Newsletter available for download
This year's 2nd Online Newsletter describing the platform work can be downloaded here (pdf).
12 - 14 October 2017: Regional Workshop at the Prealpi Giulie Nature Park in Italy
EUROPARC Federation in partnership with Prealpi Giulie Nature Park and with the support of the European Landowners' Organisation (ELO) as well as the University of Udine organized the fifth Regional Workshop of the EU Platform on Large Carnivores "Living Together: Coexistence between People and Large Carnivores" on 12-14 October 2017. More than 80 participants shared their experiences on management of, research on and coexistence with large carnivores, especially in the Alpine region. The workshop took place in Venzone, in the Italian region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, and was complemented by an excursion to a bear trap site and a visit to a sheep farmer. More information is available here.