How to achieve coexistence with large carnivores will be the focus on an event at the European Parliament on 7 March 2018. Hosted by Sirpa Pietikäinen MEP (EPP), President of the European Parliament Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals. Organised by Eurogroup for Animals, Humane Society International/Europe and Luonto-Liiton susiryhmä.
Large carnivores are charismatic species. Wolves, bears, lynxes and wolverines are top predators who like to hunt in their natural environments. Their conservation in highly populated continents like Europe requires integration with human activities. In some EU Member States, a lack of natural prey, habitat loss and unprotected livestock contribute to attacks from large carnivores on domestic animals. Conflict takes place due to wild prey competition with humans and a fear from people to coexist with a large predator.
Human activities, for example by farmers, landowners breeders, locals or hunters can jeopardise living comfortably and successfully with large carnivores. Recent debates in society have looked at how to reduce and prevent conflicts.
Regulatory measures and effective techniques have been developed and tested to minimise wildlife conflicts and help humans to successfully coexist with large carnivores in the long term. Numerous EU-funded projects have shown that coexistence with large carnivores is possible and has already been achieved in numerous regions in the EU.
The challenges, possible solutions and strategies to benefit humans and wildlife conservation will all be addressed during the event.
Confirmed speakers include:
- Dr Humberto Delgado-Rosa, Director Dir D, Natural Capital, DG Environment, European Commission;
- Dr Guillaume Chapron, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences;
- Ludwig Willnegger, Secretary General, European Federation of Associations for Hunting and Conservation (FACE);
- Mervi Laaksonen, Conservation Biologist, The Wolf Action Group, Finland, and;
- Ilaria Di Silvestre, Wildlife Programme Leader, Eurogroup for Animals.
- Large carnivores’ species are listed in the Annexes of the EU Habitats Directive (Council Directive 92/43/EEC).
- Since 1992 (establishment of EU funding programme for the environment (LIFE)) there have been 40 projects on coexistence with large carnivores. Awareness raising and the protection of livelihoods are a primary focus. The projects also play a valuable role in testing and implementing ways to manage and minimise conflicts.
- Solutions that have have a high success rate in minimising predator attacks on herds: Installation of electric fences or fladry (line of rope put along the top of a fence); guard dogs, deployment of intervention units and experts on predators in problematic areas.
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