PPNEA representatives together with colleagues from BLRP participated on 22 April in a wildlife regional workshop in Bulgaria entitled "EU Platform on Coexistence between People and Large Carnivores". The Platform’s first workshop was hosted by the International Council of Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC) in conjunction with their General Assembly at the same venue in Pravets, Bulgaria. The workshop focused on the key topics of importance to the Platform with a regional focus on relevant issues in the Balkans and the Carpathians.
Around 120 stakeholders, including a large number of hunters from the region, discussed three key issues: transboundary cooperation, moving from conflicts to coexistence, and prioritized key issues for large carnivores in the Balkan and Carpathian regions. The Platform members were informed by Finnish Reindeer Herders’ Association of their plans to convene a second regional workshop in Finland later this year. The workshop covered three main themes of high importance to the debate on coexistence between people and large carnivores across Europe. These were as follows:
-Theme 1: Trans-boundary co-operation for large carnivore management, with a view to key actions at the population level
-Theme 2: Humans and large carnivores in Europe: from conflict to co-existence - relationships between people, large carnivores and institutions
-Theme 3: Key actions on large carnivore populations
The agenda focused on the presentation of case studies about trans-boundary cooperation and how solutions were sought to human-large carnivore conflicts. The presentation from the BLRP team is available here