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8-9 June 2017 – Regional Workshop in Bucharest, Romania

Regional Workshop in Bucharest, Romania

The 4th Regional Workshop of the Platform took place 8-9 June 2017 in Bucharest. The workshop was organised by the EU Platform members WWF European Policy Office and the European Federation of Associations for Hunting & Conservation (FACE) with their national members the General Association of Romanian Hunters & Anglers (AGVPS) and WWF Romania with the support of the Platform Secretariat.

The workshop was attended by 68 participants representing hunting organisations, environmental NGOs, livestock interests, managing authorities, international representatives of the Platform members, international experts in monitoring, the Platform Co-chairs and the Platform Secretariat. The workshop was chaired by Mr. Jurgen Tack, representing the Platform Co-chairs and facilitated by Professor Alistair Bath, an expert in human-wildlife conflict.

The workshop aimed to bring together the different actors involved with large carnivore management in Romania and discuss how they can better communicate and work together to improve management in the future.

The agenda consisted of a series of presentations (see presentation slides below) and breakout sessions where the participants were encouraged to work together to understand the current situation in Romania, agree on a joint vision and come up with joint SMART targets for improving future working practises.
Also included in the programme were social activities such as a festive reception and dinner hosted by AGVPS and a dinner hosted by WWF Romania. AGVPS also organised a fieldtrip on 10 June to the Valea Doftanei in the Carpathian Mountains to observe supplementary feeding points, observation stations, and bear traces for those participants who stayed for the weekend.
At the end of the workshop, the participants signed up to a statement describing the findings they all agreed with.

The workshop report giving details of the meeting is available in English as well as in Romanian. Supplementary materials describing the outcomes of the interactive sessions can be accessed here (English only).

The workshop statement is available in English as well as in Romanian.


The presentations from the 4th Regional Workshop in Bucharest, Romania, 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.

Day 1


Welcome FACE and WWF by Orieta Hulea, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Romania and Attila Kelemen, European Federation of Associations for Hunting and Conservation of the EU (FACE) (no slides)

Group exercise – Session 1: Understanding the current situation in Romania by Alistair Bath, Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) (no slides)

Introduction to the EU Platform by Jurgen Tack, European Landowners’ Organisation (ELO), Platform Co-Chairs

The EU Large Carnivore Platform – sharing good practice by Marco Cipriani, European Commission (EC), Platform Co-Chairs (no slides)

Large carnivore management plans development and implementation in Croatia and Slovenia including hunters’ involvement in management by Djuro Huber, LIFE DINALP BEAR project

Successful involvement of stakeholders in monitoring in Slovakia by Robin Rigg, Slovak Wildlife Society

Monitoring methods of Large Carnivores in Greece by Yorgos Mertzanis, Callisto, Platform Secretariat

Group exercise – Session 2: Understanding what we want (our vision) and the key obstacles to achieving our vision by Alistair Bath, MUN (no slides)

Day 2


Introductions and plan for the day by Jurgen Tack, ELO, and Alistair Bath, MUN (no slides)

Scene setting

History of bear relocation, direct conflicts and management implication in the last 20 years in Romania by Jurj Ramon, National Institute for Research and Development in Forestry (INCDS) – Marin Drăcea

Harghita County conflicts with bears by Csaba Borboly, county council Harghita (no slides)

Communication – Local aspects of large carnivore management

Coexistence between humans and large carnivores in Romania (Romanian) by Mihai Pop, Association for the Conservation of Biological Diversity (ACDB)

Local aspects regarding human – large carnivore coexistence in high densities of the populations 2017 by József Benke, Zetea Area Landowners Association, CIC Romania, Zetelaka És Társai Hunting Association

Management measures and conservation measures in Romania

Management of the brown bear population in Romania (English) / Managementul de succes al populaţiei de urs din România (Romanian) by Atilla Kelemen, FACE

The repercussions of preserving an overpopulation of wolves in Romania (English) / Repercusiunile conservării suprapopulaţiei de lup în România (Romanian) by Mugurel Drăgănescu, Asociaţia Generală a Vânătorilor şi Pescarilor Sportivi din România (AGVPS)

Large carnivore conservation projects in Romania (Romanian) by Cristian-Remus Papp, WWF Romania

Sheep and guarding dogs breeders’ and owners’ perspective by Vasile Iclenzan, Carpatin Club Romania (no slides)

Perspectives on monitoring in Romania

Monitoring methods for large carnivores in Romania (Romanian) by Nicolae Manta, Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change

Perspectives on monitoring and management of large carnivores in Romania (Romanian) by Leonardo Bereczky, Association for Conserving Natural Values (ACNV)

Hunters’ involvement in large carnivore management and monitoring in Romania by Ovidiu Ionescu, Transilvania University of Brasov

Group exercise – Session 3: Obstacles to Objectives - Prioritizing our Objectives by Alistair Bath, MUN (no slides)

Developing guidance for involvement of stakeholders in monitoring – introduction to the discussions by David Scallan, FACE and Yorgos Mertzanis, Callisto

Group exercise –Session 4: Break-out - Working on understanding and addressing our objectives for monitoring, Getting to SMART targets by Alistair Bath, MUN (no slides)

Next steps and platform statement facilitated by Alistair Bath, MUN and Jurgen Tack, ELO (no slides)