Experts from the Carpathians Cooperate in the Fight against Illegal Killing of Large Carnivores | WWF
Experts from the Carpathians Cooperate in the Fight against Illegal Killing of Large Carnivores

Posted on 09 December 2019

As keystone species, protection of large carnivores and their habitats is vital to halt biodiversity and habitat loss by 2030
Government steps to weaken protection for large carnivores in Slovakia and Romania have done much in the last month to focus public attention on large carnivore-human coexistence.
 
28 November 2019   - The workshop organised by WWF- Romania and the Carpathian Convention Secretariat on 25 – 28 November 2019 in the beautiful Carpathian village of Coltesti, Romania brought together 35 large carnivore experts to share their valuable experience and knowledge in an effort to improve monitoring, protect ecological connectivity and fight against illegal killings in the Carpathian Region.
 
As keystone species, protection of large carnivores and their habitats is vital if we hope to achieve our New Deal for Nature and People targets of halting biodiversity and habitat loss by 2030. Since the largest surviving populations of these species are found in Central and Eastern Europe, we are on the front lines.
 
But first, we still need to obtain coherent data, and a standardised system must be implemented that is capable of providing the most reliable scientific information about the distribution, population trends, connectivity and challenges for these species. Specialists from Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, Serbia, Hungary and Romania, Italy and Austria presented case studies and best practices in monitoring bear, wolf and lynx populations. Fruitful discussions followed about the best national and regional monitoring methods and activities.
 
”We want to harmonise the monitoring system, which is a complex issue starting from the definition of monitoring. How to deal with all that data coming from different methods, how will we interpret this data? Who deals with the monitoring? Public institutions or NGOs? Who will finance this? We need stability in financing and methodology. Hopefully we will be able to make some progress,” - Bożena Haczek, Head of Unit, Department of Nature Conservation, Ministry of the Environment, Poland
 
The experts discussed and generated new innovative ideas for two other important topics - ecological connectivity and transboundary cooperation on illegal killings. Together with monitoring, these are set to become key points of the future “Action Plan on Large Carnivores Conservation in the Carpathians,” a strategic document initiated by the Carpathian Convention Secretariat’s Working Group on Biodiversity that is due to be adopted next October at the Carpathian Convention Conference of Parties (COP6) in Poland. Both topics are an important part of implementing the LIFE EuroLargeCarnivores Project in the Carpathian Region. The Project aims to improve coexistence between humans and large carnivores through communication, cross-border cooperation and the exchange of knowledge among stakeholders.
 
For more information:
Livia Cimpoeru
Communication Officer,
WWF-Romania
lcimpoeru@wwf.ro, Tel: +40 21 317 49 96 
 
 
Specialists from Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, Serbia, Hungary and Romania, Italy and Austria presented best practices in monitoring large carnivore populations.
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Experts generated innovative ideas on ecological connectivity and transboundary cooperation on illegal killings.
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The workshop organised in the beautiful Carpathian village of Coltesti, Romania.
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