Home Newsletter 2009 Firsts steps for a Large Carnivore Damage Assessment Strategy in Romania

by George Predoiu

During summer and autumn 2009 an enlarged team coordinated by George Predoiu and formed by personnel and students of the University of Transilvania of Brasov (Faculty of Silviculture and Forest Engineering) has started intensive monitoring of the damage caused by large carnivores on livestock in the three project sites (approx. 60 000 ha.).

The sites are located in areas characterized by the presence of high densities of wolves and bears.

The information gathered during these 6 months of monitoring helped us to identify the major issues related to damage monitoring and to create a simplified version of three standard data collection forms that will be tested during the next years (Shepherd Camp Description Form, Protection System Description Form and Damage Assessment Form). The collected information is processed by using GIS techniques and is integrated in “an easy to use” data base, which will be analyzed by the experts of the Romanian Large Carnivore Working Group.
During the period 2010 – 2012 the data collection, uploading and processing will be tested and the results of the field activities will be provided to the national authorities (Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Agriculture, Forests and Rural Development) as a simplified working tool that will offer a support for management decisions.