Type of project:
Large-scale rehabilitations of natural processes, including herbivores, carnivores and/or scavengers being present, Methods and experiences to allow natural numbers and densities of native, wild or rewilded species, Pilot projects focusing on supporting key wildlife species being present in more natural densities, showing their role in the ecosystem, Projects creating local pride and common ownership and responsibility for wild nature amongst land owners, communities and resource users, leading to new alternative uses, Successful agreements with hunting entities about sustainable hunting and the development of wildlife watching tourism, in order to bring back wildlife in natural numbers, Successful examples of enterprises that are based on economic values of the wild and that contribute to rewilding through generating revenues, business, jobs and income, Successful examples of initiatives that address to reduce human-wildlife conflict, and show tangible benefits / reduced problems for the local people
Aim and vision:
Population-level bear management and monitoring; Reduced human-bear conflicts; Decreased bear traffic mortality; Establishment of carcass feeding sites; Development of bear eco-tourism and local bear-friendly products; Improve attitude of local inhabitants towards bears; Ensure habitat connectivity
Our vision is the population-level conservation, management and monitoring of bears. By using science-based approaches to reduce human-bear conflicts we believe publicly-supported coexistence with bears is possible, as well as the natural expansion of brown bear population into the Alps.
Uniqueness of the project:
This is one of the first efforts in Europe to develop a transboundary management of a large carnivore, an idea endorsed and promoted by the European Commission, but rarely done in practice.
Community involved, Eco tourism, Education, Research, Sale of sustainable products