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The ninth annual meeting of the EU Platform on Coexistence between People and Large Carnivores took place in a hybrid format, in Brussels and by video conference. A range of policy initiatives, relevant to the work of the platform were discussed, including the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2030, new LIFE projects, the LIFE EUROLARGECARNIVORES project as well as updates on the CAP Strategic Plans and the Rural Development programmes. Moreover, platform members reviewed activities, undertaken to gather and present information about livestock protection and large carnivores and discussed the role of the EU Platform with regard to regional platforms.
The workshop, targeting protected area managers specifically, was organised by EUROPARC in collaboration with the EU Large Carnivore Platform secretariat and the Regional Platforms project. During the workshop, the European Commission activities supporting coexistence were presented as well as the activities carried out by the platforms which are of relevance to protected area managers. A facilitated discussion helped gather experiences and the need for further support in promoting coexistence.
The regional workshop of the EU Large Carnivore Platform on Coexistence between people and large carnivores: Presentation regional platform agreed actions was organised by the Ávila platform on large carnivores in collaboration with the EU Platform, the Ávila regional platform and the Asociación Raza Avileña. It took place on 10 December and was hosted by the EU Platform in the Lienzo Norte Congress Centre in Ávila.
The workshop agenda, report and presentations, as well as more information can be found here.
The eighth annual meeting of the EU Platform on Coexistence between People and Large Carnivores took place online on 20 May 2021. A range of policy initiatives, relevant to the work of the platform, were discussed including an update on the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2030 and the restoration instrument, LIFE projects and the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). Platform members discussed the activities planned on gathering information about livestock protection and large carnivores. The Platform's communication plan was updated including a discussion of improving the platform's communication as well as on the next steps for implementing the platform's work plan.
The event was organised by the EU Platform on Coexistence between People and Large Carnivores, the Regional Platforms on Large Carnivores and the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency. The webinar presented results from a survey on stakeholder participation in the Swedish Wildlife Management Delegations; gave an overview of how participants interact in such fora in the light of the ongoing update of the Large Carnivores Management Plans in Sweden and also presented the overall context of participatory management of large carnivores in Sweden as well as lessons learnt and experiences from other regional platforms in Europe
The event co-organised between FACE, CIC and LCIE explored the different activities carried out in surveying and monitoring LC populations; showed how stakeholders (especially hunters) are involved in surveying and inputting data to monitoring schemes; and discussed the desirability and potential for expanding the role of stakeholders in data collection. The main target groups were Platform members and their member organisations as well as managing authorities who might be interested to learn more about the monitoring methods used in different countries.
The seventh annual meeting of the EU Platform on Coexistence between People and Large Carnivores took place on 9 June 2020 exceptionally online. A range of policy initiatives, relevant to the work of the platform were discussed. This included the new EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2030 and the changes to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). The Platform’s work plan was updated including a discussion of the next events (face-to-face and online) and the work of the regional and local platforms. The discussion focused specifically on tourism and the synergies and conflicts that arise in connection with tourism activities related to large carnivores and other land uses in a specific region. The Platform agreed to look into the topic further through the collection of further best practice and potentially organising a workshop in the first half of 2021.
14 February 2020 | Work planning meeting in Brussels, Belgium
The work planning meeting for 2020 for the EU Large Carnivore Platform took place in Brussels on 14 February. The Platform members, the Secretariat and the European Commission, discussed and updated the work plan for 2020.
The first regional workshop in 2020, hosted by WWF and ELO was organised as a side event of the LIFE EUROLARGECARNIVORES conference on Livestock protection in the Alpine region. The conference, which took place from 21-23 January in Heffterhof, Salzburg, Austria, offers an opportunity to exchange knowledge with various experts and practitioners in livestock protection and to learn more about the latest findings of science, research and practice as well as EU funding.
The second joint EU-Regional platforms workshop took place in Miercurea Ciuc, Harghita county, Romania and focused on the outcomes of the Harghita Platform's work to date. After presentations of the EU and regional platforms approach, the local and international stakeholders exchanged their experience on involvement of hunting associations in large carnivore management, damage prevention measures and the role of tourism.
The Plenary meeting of the EU Platform took place on 13 May 2019 in Brussels, Belgium. Measures supporting large carnivore coexistence under the new CAP were discussed and a statement agreed. Progress of the three regional platforms in Italy, Romania and Spain as also presented and the potential to transfer the experiences to other contexts was discussed. A statement, supporting the Grosseto Platform actions was also agreed.
More information is available here.
The regional workshop was organised in collaboration with the Grosseto Platform and took the opportunity to present the platform's agreed actions and exchange views with the Tuscan regional government, the European Commission and the EU Platform. The platform press release (also available in IT) highlights the importance of dialogue between the stakeholders involved and their mutual recognition of each other’s interests, especially the importance of supporting livestock breeders.
More information is available here.
16 April 2019 | EUROPARC Webinar: Large Carnivores in Transboundary Parks 2019
Europarc held a webinar supported by the EU Platform on Large Carnivores in Transboundary Parks 2019. The webinar can be watched online here.
14 February 2019 | Work planning meeting in Brussels, Belgium
The work planning meeting for 2019 for the EU Large Carnivore Platform took place in Brussels on 14 February. The Platform members, the Secretariat and the European Commission, discussed the focus of the Platform’s work for 2019 and updated the work plan accordingly.
WWF and IUCN-LCIE, both members of the EU Large Carnivore Platform, co-hosted the 7th regional workshop of the EU Platform which took place in Budva, Montenegro, on 6 November 2018. As large carnivore populations are shared among EU and non-EU member states, the potential for joint information collection, sharing and stakeholder involvement in the region including the potential for a Dinara-Pindos-Balkan regional platform covering EU member states and accession countries were discussed at the workshop.
The workshop report, statement and presentation slides are available here.
The Platform members WWF and the European Landowners' Organization (ELO) hosted a side-event of the Pathways Europe 2018 conference as 6th regional workshop of the EU Platform on 18 September. Participants learned about the use of funding opportunities under the Common Agricultural Policy across Europe to prevent livestock depredation. Applicants and regional authorities reported on their experiences with financing measures to support coexistence with large carnivores.
More information is available here
At this year's Plenary meeting of the EU Large Carnivore Platform, initial findings from the assessment of existing local and regional large carnivore stakeholder platforms in the EU were presented and discussed. Further items on the agenda included the gaps identified in support mechanisms for damage prevention, results of the effectiveness review of existing support mechanisms, and the presentation of various approaches to fear and risks associated with large carnivores.
More information is available here.
EUROPARC with the support of the EU Large Carnivore Platform hosted a webinar on ‘Large Carnivores: Strategies for a Better Coexistence´. More than 150 participants joined the webinar and discussed the main conflicts resulting from coexistence with large carnivores in Europe and contributed with interesting examples of damage mitigation measures. Watch the full recording and download the case studies presented in the webinar on EUROPARC's website.
21 February 2018 | Work Plan Meeting in Brussels, Belgium
Core group members of the EU Large Carnivore Platform met at DG Environment in Brussels to discuss this year’s work plan. Furthermore, the participants were introduced to the EuroLargeCarnivores LIFE project and the DG ENV contract on Regional Large Carnivore Platforms. The EU Large Carnivore Platform will work very closely with both projects. For general information on the work programme of the EU Platform in 2018, please see the work plan stored on the EU Platform Members only webpage.
The fifth Regional Workshop of the EU Platform on Coexistence between People and Large Carnivores took place in Venzone, Italy, and was organised by the EUROPARC Federation in partnership with the Prealpi Giulie Nature Park and with the support of the European Landowners' Organisation (ELO) as well as the University of Udine. Over the course of three days, participants discussed the need to improve connectivity and cross-border cooperation for large carnivore conservation and management and the role of protected areas, hunting, farming and the tourism sector. The Regional Workshop report is available in English and in Italian. For more information please click here.
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. The Meeting Agenda and Work Plan can be found in the Member's Only Section.
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.
24 November 2016 | Contract kick-off Meeting in Brussels, Belgium
The kick-off meeting for the contractors providing secretarial support to the Platform (adelphi consult and Callisto) took place on 24 November 2016. At the meeting, the Platform members agreed the focus of the secretariat’s work for the coming year. This will include further analysis of case studies to identify transferable good practice as well as support with regional workshops and the Plenary meeting.
The Plenary meeting of the Platform took place 30 May 2016 in Brussels. Representatives from members of the EU Platform on Coexistence between People and Large Carnivores met to discuss their work over the previous year and their future plans. A particular focus of the meeting was good practice for coexistence and how this can be funded through the rural development programmes. More information is available here.
The third Regional Workshop of the EU Platform on Coexistence between People and Large Carnivores took place in Berlin, Germany. It was organised by the platform member WWF and was hosted by NABU (BirdLife Germany), focusing on “Large Carnivores in Central Europe: Experiences in Monitoring, Management, and Communication”.
The main aim of the workshop was to share ideas, examples of good practice and scientific research on the monitoring and management of large carnivores in Central Europe, with a particular focus on cross-border activities and conflict resolution between stakeholders. More information is available here.
6 November 2015 | Contract kick-off Meeting in Brussels, Belgium
The kick-off meeting for the renewed contract providing technical support to the Platform (adelphi and Callisto) took place on 6 November in Brussels. During this meeting, the focus of the contractors’ support for the following year was discussed and agreed. Members were asked for their ideas about how the work of the Platform could best be taken forward and about practical methods of working together.
The second regional workshop in Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland, has been organised in cooperation with the Finnish Reindeer Herders’ Association. The workshop focused on socio-economic aspects of coexistence in Finland and neighbouring countries. More information is available here.
EU Platform on Coexistence between People and Large Carnivores
The 2nd annual Plenary meeting of the Platform took place on 2nd June in Brussels. During the meeting, the work programme of the Platform was discussed including case studies, the communication plan and socio-economic aspects.
For more information including all presentations, please click here.
The Platform’s first workshop was hosted by the International Council of Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC) in conjunction with their General Assembly at the same venue in Pravets, Bulgaria.
The workshop focused on the key topics of importance to the Platform with a regional focus on relevant issues in the Balkans and the Carpathians. The workshop covered three main themes of high importance to the debate on coexistence between people and large carnivores across Europe. These were as follows:
Theme 1: Trans-boundary co-operation for large carnivore management, with a view to key actions at the population level
Theme 2: Humans and large carnivores in Europe: from conflict to co-existence - relationships between people, large carnivores and institutions
Theme 3: Key actions on large carnivore populations
For more information including all presentations, please click here.
19 March 2015 | Kick-off meeting for technical support contract
The European Commission has provided technical support to the Platform through a contract to adelphi and Callisto. The kick-off meeting for the project, attended by the European Commission, the Platform members and the contractors was held 1 December 2014.
Representatives from the Platform member organisations discussed how to take forward their work programme. The contract provides assistance with developing communication materials and case studies for the Platform and assistance organising events.
1 December 2014 | Meeting of the Platform core group
The Platform core group met in Brussels in March to discuss their work plan, means of working together and upcoming tasks. The organisation of the workshop and Plenary session were discussed. In addition, Platform Members provided updates on their current activities of relevance to the Platform’s work together.
On 10 June 2014, the European Commission hosted the launch event and the first working session of the EU platform on Coexistence between People and Large Carnivores in the Committee of the Regions (CoR), Brussels.
High-level representatives of eight stakeholder organizations signed an agreement on the key principles of engagement in the activities of the Platform, under the auspices of Commissioner Janez Potočnik.
Ms Pia Bucella co-chaired the meeting on behalf of DG Environment. Mr. Thierry d’Escaille of ELO was elected as co-chair for the first two years (represented by Ms. Delphine Dupeux at the meeting).
For more information, please click here.