Home Newsletter 2009 Project progress in brief

The LIFE EX-TRA project has started in January 2009 and is now ending its second year. This means that we are half way through its implementation. What have we done so far?

Here you go in brief:

 

  • We have concluded the preparatory phase as planned: all the preliminary assessments of bear and wolf presence, prey presence, damage caused on agriculture and public attitudes were completed. The research activities are now continuing, with the same techniques, in order to monitor the effectiveness of the project.
  • An important analysis we did was a stakeholder analysis, which aims to identify the main interest groups affected by the presence and management of wolves and bears, and to understand their problems and frustrations bonded to these animals and their needs and expectations. This is a fundamental step to start a participatory process to involve the interest groups in common decision making and conflict resolution.
  • The first negotiation rounds with the stakeholders have been made in autumn 2010. In each country these meetings are targeted to specific national requirements and have until now shown great appreciation and usefulness.
  • The training and experience exchange activities are progressing at fast speed. Four trips have been made by the involved staff to other project countries, where they participate at local field work and gather experience and information about all kind of carnivore monitoring and management techniques. We have also organized 3 courses for veterinaries, to train them for the assessment of wildlife damage on livestock.
  • The partners who had planned the dissemination of livestock guarding dogs or electric fences have already given most of the planned ones to farmers and are now monitoring their success. We are also further encouraging the use of livestock guarding dogs. This is done by creating networks between dog breeders and livestock raisers, in order to make this procedure go on independently from the project.
  • In order to improve knowledge about carnivore-livestock conflicts and the management of compensation systems all the project partners are implementing or updating own damage monitoring procedures, which are also getting approved and adopted by the relevant responsible institutions.
  • For the implementation of Bear Emergency Teams (BET) first training courses have been made for the involved staff and the BET protocols were developed. First interventions have already taken place in Romania, Bulgaria and Greece. In Italy, where bears are scarce, the BET has rather a preventive scope.
  • In Italy ten Red deer were reintroduced in the National Parks territories and first devices for the prevention of traffic collisions with ungulates have been installed in order to reduce ungulate mortality.
  • In the frame of the dissemination activities a set of materials regarding bears, wolves and the coexistence with people have been readapted from materials of the LIFE COEX Project (www.life-coex.net) and reproduced in the project countries.
  • And now we are preparing the mid-term report of the project….ufff!

 

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