Dinaric Platform Meeting 1

Transnational exchange platform for the management of large carnivores in the Dinaric region

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Dinaric Platform Meeting 1

The aim of the meeting was to bring together government representatives from the Dinarides, focusing on Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Slovenia with the involvement of Bulgaria and Greece, to discuss common approaches to large carnivore (LC) population management across the region. This builds on the years of work of experts in the region to establish a transnational exchange/dialogue platform. In particular, the group referred to the “Budva Statement” agreed at an EU Platform on Coexistence between People and Large Carnivores1 regional meeting in Budva, Montenegro2 where participants called for the establishment of a LC platform in the Dinarides3. This showed clearly the interest of state representatives, scientists, NGOs and stakeholder groups to establish a participative approach between countries. This meeting brought the discussions to the government level and took the first steps towards a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the topic.


Meeting agenda

Meeting minutes


Day 1

Financing of this meeting: Introduction to the Advisory Assistance Programme, Sonja Otto, German Environment Agency

Greetings from the German Federal Nature Agency (BfN), Katharina Steyer, BfN

Background to a Dinaric Platform, Đuro Huber, Carnivora Magna

Findings from the background report: Large Carnivores in the Dinarides: Monitoring, Management, Threats and Conflicts Andrea Solić, Carnivora Magna

The EU policy on large carnivores and the new species protection guidance Marco Cipriani, European Commission

Examples of different types of exchange platforms on large carnivores:

Platform Large Carnivores, Wild Ungulates and Society (WISO) of the Alpine Convention, Rok Černe, Chair of the WISO working group, Slovenian Forest Service

EU Platform on Coexistence between People and Large Carnivores, Katrina Marsden, Secretariat EU Platform, adelphi

Regional Platforms on Large Carnivores, Valeria Salvatori, Istituto di Ecologia Applicata

Day 2

Objectives of macro-reginal cooperation within the EUSALP on ecological connectivity and Alpine green infrastructure, Nika Debeljak, Institute for nature conservation of Slovenia, co-chairing EUSALP

Trans-national cooperation on LC from inside and outside the region. Examples and discussion

Stakeholder engagement, LIFE Lynx, Magda Sindičić, University of Zagreb

Transboundary management planning: LIFE DINALP BEAR (data as base for the management), Nives Pagon, Slovenian Forest Service

Prevention / Compensation measures, examples across the EU, Katrina Marsden, adelphi

Damages in Slovenia, Rok Černe, Slovenian Forest Service

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