The 6th regional workshop of the EU Large Carnivore Platform on the use of EU funds to support coexistence with large carnivores: review and outlook for the next funding period was organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the European Landowners' Organisation (ELO) as a side event of the Pathways Europe 2018 conference.
Pathways is a biannual conference and training programme organised by the Colorado State University with the mission to increase professionalism and effectiveness in the human dimensions of fisheries and wildlife management field. In 2018, it took place in Goslar, Germany, from 15-19 September in partnership with the Alfred Toepfer Academy for Nature Conservation and among others the LIFE EuroLargeCarnivores project.
The workshop was attended by the Platform members ELO, WWF, the European Federation for Hunting and Conservation (FACE), the Finnish Reindeer Herders' Association and the Large Carnivore Initiative for Europe (LCIE). Member state administrations, the European Commission, an agricultural association, natural parks, NGOs and scientists were also present.
The workshop focused on the information the Platform has gathered on the use of Rural Development Programmes (RDPs) funded under the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD), pillar 2 of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
The aim of the workshop was to examine / discuss / share experience on the following:
The agenda consisted of presentations by several member states and regions on how they fund measures to prevent livestock depredation. Further presentations focused on the future and the potential to fund coexistence measures under the new CAP (2021-2027). In the second part of the workshop, participants discussed advantages of and barriers to using RD support for coexistence measures and agreed on a workshop statement.
The workshop report giving details of the meeting is available in English here.
The presentations from the 6th regional workshop are available below.Please note that the presentations do not necessarily reflect the views of all Platform members or the official view of the European Commission.
Welcome and introduction to the EU Large Carnivore Platform by Jurgen Tack, European Landowners’Organisation (ELO), co-chair of the EU Platform) and Luis Suárez, WWF Spain, EU Platform member
Use of the Rural Development Programmes across Europe to prevent livestock depredation by Katrina Marsden, EU Platform Secretariat (adelphi)
Combining EU Rural Development support with national funding streams: the example of Trentino, Italy by Giovanni Giovannini, Province of Trento, Italy
Starting to use EU Rural Development support: the example of Castilla-La Mancha by Erundino Alonso García, Regional Government of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
A bottom-up approach to using Rural Development support - SusiAita Project (WolfFence) LEADER project in Finland by Antti Rinne, Finnish Wildlife Agency
The problems with using EU Rural Development support – preference for regional financing: the example of Brandenburg by Andreas Piela, Ministry of Rural Development, Environment and Agriculture Brandenburg, Germany
The shepherds' viewpoints – how EU funding supporting coexistence with large carnivores can be improved by Andreas Schenk, German association of professional shepherds
Perspectives for financing measures to support coexistence with large carnivores after 2020 by Marco Cipriani, European Commission
Discussion / break out groups moderated by Jurgen Tack, ELO; Luis Suárez, WWF Spain; Moritz Klose, WWF Germany (see the workshop report for discussion results)
The EU Large Carnivore Platform also participated in the Pasta & Poster Session of the Pathways Europe 2018 conference. The poster on the EU Large Carnivore Platform showed the Platform's development, its activities and members. It facilitated interesting conversations with the conference participants.