Large carnivore conservation is a topic that involves a diversity of stakeholders that includes hunters, foresters, livestock producers, reindeer herders, landowners, rural people, conservation organisations and the wider public. All these groups are influenced by and perceive large carnivores in different ways, and in some cases these differences can be the foundation of conflicts. 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"
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The Platform has carried out the following activities:
Organised events such as annual meetings and regional workshops in several countries within the EU;
Gathered case studies demonstrating good practice that promote coexistence with large carnivores;
Carried out an in-depth analysis of 10 case studies;
Researched the use of Rural Development funds in supporting coexistence with large carnivores in the EU;
Compiled per country information on large carnivore management across EU member states;
Collected reports and other publications to form a library of references;
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