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Parco Nazionale del Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga, Italy (http://www.gransassolagapark.it)

Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga National Park develops activities that aim to guarantee and promote the conservation and valorization of the natural the social and cultural heritage of the area.
These activities are carried out with a permanent interaction with the local communities in order to make conservation an common and shared objective. The parks main activity sectors are the management and safeguarding of the animal and vegetal heritage, the promotion of scientific research in cooperation with research bodies, the development of actions for environmental sustainable improvement. In the field of conservation the park carries on strategic projects for the reintroduction, monitoring and protection of large mammals.
On the basis of the experiences gained in the course of a previous LIFE project (COEX-LIFE04NAT/IT/000144), as a partner, the Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga National Park has promoted the development of the present project, whit the scope to disseminate the experiences and best practices previously gained. The park acted as coordinating beneficiary of the project and therefore was responsible for the overall positive development of the project in all the involved countries.

Parco Nazionale dei Monti Sibillini, Italy (http://www.sibillini.net)

Monti Sibillini National Park was founded as a public authority in 1993, with the scope to guarantee the conservation and valorisation of the natural, historical and cultural heritage of the territory, while promoting the sustainable development of the populations that live in the park. Its specific objectives are:
  • the protection and valorisation of the natural heritage as well as the territorial and environmental integrity
  • the conservation of areas subject to degradation and systems of naturalistic value
  • the conservation and valorisation of the historic, cultural and artistic heritage
  • the implementation of a sustainable development mode by favouring and reorganizing the traditional economic activities, especially farming livestock raising activities, traditional forestry and handicrafts. Also, it aims at promoting additional economic activities such as tourism in a compatible way with the other aims of the park
  • the promotion of research and public education activities
The Monti Sibillini National Park was an associated beneficiary and has contributed with its own cofunding to the development of the project actions. The direct neighbourhood with Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga National Park explained the strong cooperation of these two bodies in the development of many activities. In its territory the Park works in cooperation with the State Forest Administration, specific professionals and other public bodies.

Parco Nazionale dell'Appennino Tosco-Emiliano, Italy (http://www.parcoappennino.it)

Appennino tosco-emiliano National Park is a public body that manages a territori of round 23.800 ha on the Appennine chain between Tuscany and Emilia Romagna regions. The park includes 16 Natura 2000 sites.
The park activities aim at the conservation and valorisation of the natural heritage, at the conservation and reconstruction of hydrobiological balances and at the promotion of the socio-economic potential of the area.
The Appennino tosco-emiliano National Park was an associated beneficiary of the project and has had a role of direct responsibility in what concerned the preliminary evaluation of the damage caused by wolves, and the development of an action plan that aims at the mitigation of the conflicts between wolves and livestock husbandry.


Transilvania University of Brasov, Romania (http://www.unitbv.ro)

The Faculty of Silviculture and Forest Engineering from Transilvania University of Brasov is a public institution that is carrying out activities regarding education, research, technical assistance and management of natural resources. The wildlife department within this faculty is managing 3 game units and administrates field facilities such as cabins, wildlife feeding stations, hunting infrastructure, being also involved in relevant projects such as:
  • Elaboration of the Romanian Game Management Strategy – beneficiary: Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, 2005-2006.
  • Estimation of Large Carnivore Populations in Romania – beneficiary: Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, 2005-present.
  • Brown Bear Habitats Analysis in Romanian conditions – beneficiary: National Forest State Administration, 2005-present.
The Faculty of Silviculture and Forest Engineering from Transilvania University of Brasov was the associated beneficiary organization from Romania, acting as an academic institution and, also, as a game units administrator.


Balkani Wildlife Society, Bulgaria (http://balkani.org)

BALKANI Wildlife Society is a non-governmental, non-profit organization, established in 1989 with the scope to unite the efforts of conservationists whose aim is preservation, research and restoration of natural ecosystems, endangered species and their genetic diversity in Bulgaria. Targets and fields of activities:
1. Research and conservation of species and habitats.
2. Improvement and public control on the implementation of the nature protection legislation.
3. Raising public awareness about ecological problems and environmental education.
Short list of main projects and campaigns:
4. Conservation of Large carnivores: wolf, bear and lynx in Bulgaria and on the Balkan Peninsula.
BALKANI Wildlife Society is NGO active in Large Carnivore conservation. BWS is the coordinating author of Bulgarian Brown Bear Management Plan. In close cooperation with Ministry and other governmental structures we are involved in all monitoring and management issues related to Large Carnivores in Bulgaria.

Ministry of Environment and Water, Bulgaria (http://www.moew.government.bg)

The Bulgarian Ministry of Environment and Water is a governmental structure, responsible for the implementation of the national policy for conservation of nature and biodiversity.
MOEW is the structure created as administration to support the Minister of Environment and Waters to implement his legal power. It is responsible for management and conservation of protected species according to Biodiversity Conservation Act and Protected territories listed in the Protected Territories Act.
MOEW organizes the activities of the management structure for Operational Program “ENVIRONMENT” and defines the observers committee for Operational Program “ENVIRONMENT” 2007-2013.

CALLISTO NGO, Greece (http://www.callisto.gr)

“CALLISTO” - Wildlife and Nature Conservation Society is an Environmental NGO (a civil, not-for-profit society), which was founded in Thessaloniki, Greece, in July 2004.
Main activities of CALLISTO include:
  • Conservation of biodiversity and of areas of high natural and aesthetic value, with emphasis on mountainous ecosystems and forests in Greece, the Balkans and other neighbouring countries.
  • Study, conservation and management of wildlife species, especially of large carnivores (bear, wolf, lynx, jackal) that inhabit the above areas.
  • Elaboration and implementation of projects for the protection and management of wildlife and the natural environment.
  • Information, awareness raising, and activation of the public for imposing control on the decision-making centres regarding environmental issues.
  • Development of environmental education and training programs.
  • Development of voluntarism to serve conservation actions.
  • Support for the establishment and operation of Protected Areas and Ecological Networks, in order to preserve biodiversity, as well as the natural and cultural heritage.
  • Development of scientific research and its applications
  • Building national, trans-Balkan and international cooperation and networking for the above purposes.
CALLISTO was the associated beneficiary for Greece, having the overall responsibility for implementation of the LIFE EX-TRA project actions in the Greek project area.