The 7th regional workshop of the EU Large Carnivore Platform on Coexistence between people and large carnivores: transboundary cooperation and preparing the ground for a platform in the Dinara-Pindos-Balkan region was organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) (represented by WWF Adria) and the Large Carnivore Initiative for Europe (IUCN-LCIE) in partnership with EuroNatur and Parks Dinarides and the Center for Protection and Research of Birds in Montenegro (CZIP).
The Dinara-Pindos brown bear and wolf populations are shared among several countries including European Union (EU) and non-EU member states and are regarded as stable thanks to an unmatched preservation of large wilderness areas as well as a long history of cohabitation between people and large carnivores. The population status of the Eurasian lynx, including the Balkan lynx is nonetheless considered very fragile.
Cross-border cooperation aims to facilitate the alignment of management strategies, address upcoming threats to the populations as well as the implementation of EU guidelines on population management for those countries planning EU accession.
The workshop was attended by the Platform members ELO, WWF, FACE, the Reindeer Herders' Association and IUCN-LCIE. From the region, the participants were mainly representatives of managing authorities, park authorities, nature conservation NGOs, scientists and fewer hunting representatives.
The workshop focused on exchanging information on population status and management approaches as well as existing cooperation formats between the countries of the Dinaric region.
The workshop agenda addressed three major topics: 1) role of the EU Platform; 2) National status and management of LC; 3) Existing regional platforms in the EU and transboundary cooperation in the Dinara-Pindos Balkan region. Following the presentations, a facilitated discussion was held resulting in the agreement of a workshop statement.
The workshop report giving details of the meeting, is available in English here.
The presentations from the 7th regional workshop are available below.Please note that the presentations do not necessarily reflect the views of all Platform members or the official view of the European Commission.
Introduction to the EU Platform on Coexistence between People and Large Carnivores by Luis Suárez (WWF Spain), Emmanuelle Mikosz (ELO), Roderick Enzerink (FACE), Anne Ollila (Reindeer Herders’ Association) and Valeria Salvatori (ICUN-LCIE)
Overview from the neighbouring countries - presentations from each country covering legal framework, population size and monitoring, human-large carnivore conflict and coexistence in:
Need for population level management of large carnivores in the region by Đuro Huber (Veterinary Faculty of Zagreb – VEF, LCIE)
Examples of transboundary / regional cooperation and initiatives from the region and other EU countries:
A session with three parallel break-out groups to look at different aspects of what a regional platform could cover was introduced by Katrina Marsden (EU Large Carnivore Platform Secretariat) and facilitated by hosts and Platform members. To learn more about the outcomes of this session, please find here the workshop report.
A workshop statement was drafted based on the feedback from the break-out groups. The statement was then approved by the participants and is available in English here.
During a poster session, workshop participants could present and get to know each other’s projects and work on large carnivores. The topic of damage assessment and compensation was taken up in the poster "Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf" by Barbara Burčul (Ministry of Environment and Energy of Croatia). The poster on the EU Large Carnivore Platform showed the Platform's development, its activities and members.