The 3rd Regional Workshop of the Platform took place 18-20 April 2016 in Berlin, Germany. It was organised by WWF and NABU hosted the event. The workshop was well attended especially by conservationists and scientists. Representatives from all Platform members were present. More than 60 participants from 15 Member States took part in the event.
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. The programme included a series of presentations followed by two discussion sessions structured around the following questions: 1. What is needed in terms of a tool-kit for monitoring and 2. What the barriers are to stakeholder engagement and how they can be overcome.
On the third day of the workshop the hosts organised a guided field trip to a Nature Park south of Berlin, where a wolf pack is known to reside. Participants followed some wolf tracks and learned about the work of a farmer with his livestock guarding dogs.
The workshop report is available here.
The workshop statement can be accessed here.
(photographs by adelphi)
The presentations from the 3rd Regional Workshop in Berlin, Germany, are available below.
Please note, the presentations do not necessarily reflect the views of all Platform members or the official view of the European Commission.
INTRODUCTION TO THE SITUATION OF WOLF AND LYNX IN CENTRAL EUROPE
Current situation on wolves in central Europe from a scientific perspective by Ilka Reinhardt, LUPUS Institute Germany
History, status, and conservation perspectives of the Eurasian lynx by Urs Breitenmoser, KORA, Switzerland
Introduction to the work of the EU Platform from the co-chairs by Marco Cipriani, European Commission, Co-chair of the Platform
EU Platform on Large Carnivores by Christoph Rechberg, Grundbesitzerverband Brandenburg e. V.
SESSION 1: TRANSBOUNDARY MANAGEMENT AND MONITORING OF LC – EXPERIENCES FROM CENTRAL EUROPE
Wolf recovery and population dynamics in Western Poland by Dr. Sabina Nowak, President Association for Nature "Wolf"
Monitoring of lynx and wolf at an early stage of recolonisation – how to find a needle in a haystack? by Dr. Ingrid Hucht-Ciorga, State Agency for Nature, Environment and Consumer Protection North Rhine-Westphalia (LANUV NRW)
Trans-Lynx Project: Coordinating monitoring and conservation measures on population level by Sybille Wölfl, Project Coordinator Lynx Bavaria
Reintroduction of lynx to the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Palatinate Forest-Vosges du Nord - stakeholder involvement and transboundary cooperation by Jochen Krebuehl, CEO Rhineland-Palatinate Foundation for Nature and Environment
Preserving spatial connectivity and facilitating transboundary monitoring at the edge of an expanding brown bear population – experiences from LIFE DINALP BEAR project by Tomaz Skrbinsek, University of Ljubljana
Engaging stakeholders in monitoring of large carnivores: Nordic lessons for Central Europe by John Linnell, Member of the IUCN Specialist Species Group, LCIE, working for NINA
SESSION 2: COMMUNICATION AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION
LIFE Wolfalps: Monitoring and scientific information to reduce conflict and improve communication in a transboundary context by Francesca Marucco, project technical manager LIFE WolfAlps project
The missing lynx – understanding hunter’s opposition to large carnivores by Professor Ulrich Schraml, Forest Research Institute Baden-Württemberg
The wolf: Burden or flagship for the region. Experiences from the communication work in Saxony by Vanessa Ludwig, Contact Office Wolf, Lusatia
NABU’s Wolf communication strategy, system of wolf stewards by Annette Wolff, Coordinator Wolf Communication, NABU Federal Branch
Presentation of material for education in schools from WWF Germany by Bettina Münch-Epple Head of education, WWF Germany, and Astrid Paschkowski, education officer, WWF Germany
National Wolf Competence Centre – LUPUS Institut Germany by Ilka Reinhardt, LUPUS Institute Germany
Improving communication between stakeholders by Dr. Michael Herdtfelder, State Forest Research Agency Baden-Württemberg
Upcoming activities by Martin Strnad representing the Carpathian Convention Presidency