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Living together

Date: 12-14 October 2017

Location: Municipality of Venzone (UD) - Giulian Alps, Italy

The European Union is home to five species of large carnivores. These include the brown bear, the wolf, the wolverine and two species of lynx, the Eurasian lynx and the Iberian lynx. Historically these species have all suffered dramatic declines in numbers and distribution as a consequence of human activity.

According to recent survey, most large carnivore populations are recovering from their restricted ranges and overall numbers are generally increasing. This is the result of conservation efforts and change in public perceptions, as well as of landscape/ecological changes. However, while this recovery can be viewed as a great conservation success, it has resulted in controversy in some areas. Promoting successful coexistence between human populations and large carnivores is particularly challenging and has become a priority.

This Networking Event will provide a good opportunity to further discuss the relation between human and large carnivores and to share good practices for a better management of species and for the prevention and resolution of conflicts across the EU. The event will facilitate the sharing of expertise across multiple regions, providing a platform to follow up on large carnivores discussions that started in the course of the recent Boreal review Seminar in Lithuania. The event will support progress towards more effective management and protection of large carnivores, in coordination and with the direct involvement of the EU Large Carnivores Platform members and with the WISO Platform of the Alpine Convention. The focus of the event will mainly be on the Alpine Region, but, as a cross-cutting topic, open to other regions. Case studies and experience of large carnivore management, as well as initiatives for coexistence, will be presented, with a mix of thematic and interactive dialogue building sessions. A site visit to a local farm will be part of the programme. During the workshop the following aspects will be considered and discussed:

  • The role of stakeholders;
  • The role of Natura 2000 sites and Protected Areas’ management authorities and public institutions;
  • Legislative and financial tools for coexistence;
  • Technologies and tools for coexistence (what is already available, what is being tested and developed, innovative projects);
  • Awareness raising and environmental education for coexistence.

The results of the seminar can be found here.