Large carnivores monitoring – conservation in the Western Carpathians

  • Country:
    Czech Republic
  • Start year:
    2003
  • Location:
    Beskydy
  • Size (ha):
    250000
  • Area Type:
    Czech Republic
  • Type of protection:
    protected landscape area

The project supports the natural recovery of wolves, lynx and bears in the Western Carpathians. Their return to the Czech and Slovak landscapes is slowed down by poaching, hunting and habitat fragmentation. Sound monitoring, better education and communication are the main activities of the project.

Grey wolf is an iconic species in Carpathians but does not permanently occupy all mountain ranges.

Area

  • Habitat types: Mixed and coniferous forests, mountain meadows
  • Keystone species present: Grey wolf, Eurasian lynx, Brown bear
  • Vegetation types present: Beech-fir forest, Mountain spruce forests, grazed meadows

Scope

  • Description: The project promotes large carnivores as iconic species of the region. Public awareness is very important and focuses on informing media, involving local communities including school children. Volunteers both from local communities are involved, and volunteers coming from abroad support local economies while volunteering in the project. Project activities include patrols against poachers, and advice to livestock owners.<br />
  • Aim: The main aim is to improve the conservation status of large carnivores both in Czech Republic and Slovak Republic. It includes better monitoring, limiting both legal and illegal hunting of large carnivores, protecting wildlife corridors, and better knowledge and public awareness.
  • Vision: Peaceful coexistence between large carnivores and people with low level of conflict.
  • Accomplished in 10 years from now: Vision becomes a reality.
  • Uniqueness: Natural area intensively used by people, with variable densities of large carnivores and human activity.
  • Results so far: Established system for wolf and lynx monitoring, involvement of many volunteers.
  • Flagship species: Wolf
  • Other characteristics: Community involved, Eco tourism, Education, Research

Exchange

  • Inspirational value: Large carnivores and the W-Carpathian mountains are strong charismatic entities and a source of intensive inspiration for nature conservation.
  • Experience you would like to share: Tracking of large carnivores and methods on monitoring, public involvement
  • Experience you would like to gain: Involvement of specific groups like hunters and foresters.<br /> Economical stability of the project.

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