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Return of the Wolf

Promoting wolf conservation and supporting human-wildlife coexistence

The aim of the Return of the Wolf project, newest member of the European Rewilding Network, is to promote wolf conservation in the Italian Alpine Arc region and support human-wildlife coexistence.
Bruno D'Amicis/Rewilding Europe
Using non-invasive sampling methods the project is also conducting wolf monitoring in the northern Apennines and the Alps in Italy.
Francesco Romito
Wolf spotted and photographed in Lessinia, Veneto region, Italy.
Paolo Parricelli
When it comes to establishing harmonious relations between humans and wildlife, such as wolves, effective communications are very important.
Wild Sweden

Return of the Wolf project  is working promote wolf conservation in the Italian Alpine Arc region and support human-wildlife coexistence. Using non-invasive sampling methods the project is also conducting wolf monitoring in the Upper Taro Valley (an extensive area of wild land in the province of Parma), the northern Apennines and the Alps, and following the dynamics of wolf populations in selected rewilding sites. This allows the project team to evaluate the territorial expansion of wolf packs and keep track of the birth and growth of wolf cubs.

Maximising effective communication on wolf-related issues helps remove myths and misconceptions. In areas where the wolf is present, the Return of the Wolf project is reaching out to local stakeholders to raise awareness and understanding. The overarching goal is to contribute to conservation and rewilding by holding educational events, training and outdoor activities and stakeholder meetings dedicated to wolves and other wildlife. Last but not least, the project team are also working to promote sustainable nature-based tourism and to help local communities take advantage of the opportunities arising from developing nature-based economies.

 

Project: Return of the Wolf
Region: Eastern Alps, Italy
Habitat types: Mountain grasslands, firs and beeches forests, deep and narrow valleys of karst origin.
Keystone species: Wolf
Type of project: Large-scale rehabilitations of natural processes, including herbivores, carnivores and/or scavengers being present, Pilot projects focusing on supporting key wildlife species being present in more natural densities, showing their role in the ecosystem, 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: Return of the wolf to the Eastern Alps aims to investigate the presence of the wolf in vast wild areas, especially where it has recently returned. It responds to media attacks and to growing disinformation and dissemination of unnecessary alarmism towards the wolf and the great fauna. The project aims to promote territories and helps with the discovery of its wildest places while promoting coexistence between man and nature.
The project vision is to broaden the knowledge about the wolf in the territory, to keep track of the population in area and to monitor them. It engages in the dissemination of correct information on the wolf and on the great fauna. Communicating and daily publishing informative material, provides food for thought and opens the discussion for a peaceful comparison. The end goal is to contribute to the conservation of the area by holding educational events dedicated to wolves and other wildlife, combining outdoor experiences and training activities.
Uniqueness of the project: The project carried out by Io non ho paura del lupo operates with lot of enthusiasm and care for nature and nature conservation. It is established by people who live in the mountains and deal with the problems that may derive from it. Within this project the breeders, farmers and citizens came together to fight for wolf.
Other activities: Community involved, Eco tourism, Education, Research
Results you aim to accomplish in 10 years from now on: Promote the conservation of the wolf and its acceptance by those who live in the territory, in order to conserve the species and its wild environments. Increase the knowledge of these territories, through communication and promoting sustainable tourism that can help the local community. Strengthen and expand the work of the association.
Inspirational value: Working on the project, great knowledge on the wolf and on the dynamics of the population is acquired. With new data and expanding of the knowledge on the predator, the association has learned how to relate to those living in the mountainous area. The project builds solid and inspiring human relationships and by creating a community around the wolf it largely contributes to the conservation of nature.
Experience you would like to share: The conservation of the wolf species necessarily passes through the construction of a solid dialogue between all the stakeholders involved. Only in this way will it be possible to build something solid and lasting that will allow the wolf, as well as man, in a solid and peaceful coexistence.
Experience you would like to gain: Increasing the skills of the volunteers, expanding activities, enhancing them through new funds and new scenarios is what the project would like to improve.
Map
Country
Italy
Start year
2018
Size (ha)
15.000
Area type
Forest-grassland mosaic, Mountainous
Natural process
Natural grazing, Predation
Flagship species
Wolf
Return of the Wolf
The aim of the Return of the Wolf project, newest member of the European Rewilding Network, is to promote wolf conservation in the Italian Alpine Arc region and support human-wildlife coexistence.
Bruno D'Amicis/Rewilding Europe
Using non-invasive sampling methods the project is also conducting wolf monitoring in the northern Apennines and the Alps in Italy.
Francesco Romito
Wolf spotted and photographed in Lessinia, Veneto region, Italy.
Paolo Parricelli
When it comes to establishing harmonious relations between humans and wildlife, such as wolves, effective communications are very important.
Wild Sweden

Return of the Wolf project  is working promote wolf conservation in the Italian Alpine Arc region and support human-wildlife coexistence. Using non-invasive sampling methods the project is also conducting wolf monitoring in the Upper Taro Valley (an extensive area of wild land in the province of Parma), the northern Apennines and the Alps, and following the dynamics of wolf populations in selected rewilding sites. This allows the project team to evaluate the territorial expansion of wolf packs and keep track of the birth and growth of wolf cubs.

Maximising effective communication on wolf-related issues helps remove myths and misconceptions. In areas where the wolf is present, the Return of the Wolf project is reaching out to local stakeholders to raise awareness and understanding. The overarching goal is to contribute to conservation and rewilding by holding educational events, training and outdoor activities and stakeholder meetings dedicated to wolves and other wildlife. Last but not least, the project team are also working to promote sustainable nature-based tourism and to help local communities take advantage of the opportunities arising from developing nature-based economies.

 

Map
Country
Italy
Start year
2018
Size (ha)
15.000
Area type
Forest-grassland mosaic, Mountainous
Natural process
Natural grazing, Predation
Flagship species
Wolf
Specification
Project: Return of the Wolf
Region: Eastern Alps, Italy
Habitat types: Mountain grasslands, firs and beeches forests, deep and narrow valleys of karst origin.
Keystone species: Wolf
Description
Type of project: Large-scale rehabilitations of natural processes, including herbivores, carnivores and/or scavengers being present, Pilot projects focusing on supporting key wildlife species being present in more natural densities, showing their role in the ecosystem, 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: Return of the wolf to the Eastern Alps aims to investigate the presence of the wolf in vast wild areas, especially where it has recently returned. It responds to media attacks and to growing disinformation and dissemination of unnecessary alarmism towards the wolf and the great fauna. The project aims to promote territories and helps with the discovery of its wildest places while promoting coexistence between man and nature.
The project vision is to broaden the knowledge about the wolf in the territory, to keep track of the population in area and to monitor them. It engages in the dissemination of correct information on the wolf and on the great fauna. Communicating and daily publishing informative material, provides food for thought and opens the discussion for a peaceful comparison. The end goal is to contribute to the conservation of the area by holding educational events dedicated to wolves and other wildlife, combining outdoor experiences and training activities.
Uniqueness of the project: The project carried out by Io non ho paura del lupo operates with lot of enthusiasm and care for nature and nature conservation. It is established by people who live in the mountains and deal with the problems that may derive from it. Within this project the breeders, farmers and citizens came together to fight for wolf.
Other activities: Community involved, Eco tourism, Education, Research
Achievements
Results you aim to accomplish in 10 years from now on: Promote the conservation of the wolf and its acceptance by those who live in the territory, in order to conserve the species and its wild environments. Increase the knowledge of these territories, through communication and promoting sustainable tourism that can help the local community. Strengthen and expand the work of the association.
Exchange
Inspirational value: Working on the project, great knowledge on the wolf and on the dynamics of the population is acquired. With new data and expanding of the knowledge on the predator, the association has learned how to relate to those living in the mountainous area. The project builds solid and inspiring human relationships and by creating a community around the wolf it largely contributes to the conservation of nature.
Experience you would like to share: The conservation of the wolf species necessarily passes through the construction of a solid dialogue between all the stakeholders involved. Only in this way will it be possible to build something solid and lasting that will allow the wolf, as well as man, in a solid and peaceful coexistence.
Experience you would like to gain: Increasing the skills of the volunteers, expanding activities, enhancing them through new funds and new scenarios is what the project would like to improve.
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