Sijainti: Pääsivu / "Achieving Coexistence with Large Carnivores in the EU"

"Achieving Coexistence with Large Carnivores in the EU"

A seminar at the European Parliament jointly organized by HSI, EfA and Luonto-Liiton susiryhmä.


On March 7th 2018, Humane Society International/Europe, Luonto-Liiton susiryhmä and Eurogroup for Animals are organising an event at the European Parliament to discuss the various possible solutions and strategies that Member States have at their disposal to achieve long term coexistence with large carnivores for the benefit of people and wildlife conservation. The event will also explore the obstacles and challenges EU citizens - whether farmers, breeders, locals or hunters - face, which may prevent them from successfully coexisting with bears, wolves and other large carnivores.

The event will kindly be hosted by Sirpa Pietikäinen MEP (EPP), President of the European Parliament's Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals. MEPs Anja Hazekamp (GUE/NGL) and Pascal Durand (Greens/EFA) are the co-hosts. Confirmed speakers are:

  • 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

  • Ilaria Di Silvestre, Wildlife Programme Leader, Eurogroup for Animals

  • Francesca Marucco, LIFE WOLFALPS Project manager

  • Dr Diederik van Liere, specialist in behavioural biology and solving human-animal conflicts,
    CABWIM consultancy

The debate will be moderated by Dr. Jo Swabe, Senior Director of Public Affairs, Humane Society International/Europe.


Large carnivores are charismatic species, but in a highly populated continent like Europe, their conservation requires integration with human activities in human-dominated landscapes. In some EU Member States, lack of natural prey, habitat loss and unprotected livestock contribute to large carnivores’ attacks on domestic animals, whilst in others, conflict lies in wild prey competition with humans as well as the population’s fear to coexist with a large predator.

Nonetheless, wolves and other large carnivores (bears, lynxes and wolverines) are apex predators whose role in nature is acknowledged by all researchers alike. Large carnivores’ species are also listed in the Annexes of the EU Habitats Directive (Council Directive 92/43/EEC). There has recently been significant societal debate about how to mitigate and prevent conflicts between large carnivores and livestock farmers, landowners, hunters and local communities. Regulatory measures and effective techniques have been developed and tested in order to effectively mitigate wildlife conflicts and help humans to successfully coexist with large carnivores in the long term.

Since the establishment of LIFE, the EU funding programme for the Environment, in 1992, more than 40 projects on coexistence with large carnivores have been carried out with EU funding. While these projects have focused primarily on awareness raising and the protection of livelihoods, they have also played a valuable role in testing and implementing ways of managing and minimising conflicts between large carnivores and humans. The installation of electric fences or fladry to protect herds from predator attacks, the use of guard dogs, the deployment of intervention units and experts on predators in problematic areas are some of the solutions that have been implemented and demonstrated to have a high success rate in minimising predator attacks on herds.

These projects carried out in the framework of the LIFE or other programmes have illustrated that coexistence with large carnivores is indeed possible and has already been achieved in numerous regions within the European Union.

Photo credit: Craig Jones Wildlife Photography

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