Conflicts on large carnivores vary significantly across the EU, depending for example, on the socio-economic activities in the areas which large carnivores are returning to and the biogeographic and natural conditions. For this reason, engagement of local stakeholders in large carnivore management decisions is very important. It is clear that a one-size-fits-all approach to large carnivore management across the EU will not work and that management has to be tailored to the local circumstances.
Support to create regional platforms
For this reason, the stakeholders of the EU Platform on Coexistence between People and Large Carnivores supported EU parliamentarians to suggest funding regional platforms on people and large carnivores in areas with ongoing conflicts focused on large carnivore presence. The European Parliament agreed to finance a pilot project, which was contracted by the European Commission.
The project aims to work together with stakeholders to discuss potential solutions for conflicts around large carnivores in the national, regional or local context. The project is managed by Instituto di Ecologia Applicata (IAE) and supported by a team including facilitators, social scientists and communicators. The team's goal is not to propose particular solutions but to support the parties affected in discussing the problems and potential solutions together.
Location of the platforms
Platforms have been established in Romania, Italy and Spain, are being established in Germany and are being discussed in France and Finland/Sweden (see map below).
More information on platforms' activities and the regional/national background in:
Activities of the platforms
Trentino | Italy
Initial discussion and scoping took place in Trentino to examine the potential to create a platform linking with existing participative processes in the area. A new regional platform will not be created at the time of writing.