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LARGE CARNIVORES, WILD UNGULATES AND SOCIETY PLATFORM.
Presidency: Italy 
 
Sustainable wildlife management requires  balancing and harmonizing ecological, economical and socio-cultural interests; the relation wildlife – society needs to be managed.
 
1. What is Large Carnivores, Wild Ungulates and Society Platform (WISO)?

The objectives of the Large Carnivores, Wild Ungulates  and Society Platform (also called the Platform WISO) embedded in the Alpine Convention are to find solutions to manage large carnivores and wild ungulates harmoniously, and based on an integrated approach. The platform goes beyond a strictly ecological approach and endeavors to take into account economic and social aspects on an equal level. 
 
The Platform was set up by the X. Alpine Conference in 2009. In the years 2013-2014 it focuses on development of specific objectives and management options for restoration and maintenance of population of wolves, lynx and (according to means) bears in the Alps. It commits to a program of genetic control of large carnivores in the Alps and is preparing a mapping of the distribution and abundance of ibex populations.   
 
The Platform aims at protecting and restoring nature and the countryside, in a way to ensure the lasting and widespread functional efficiency of the ecosystems, in line with Article 1 of the Protocol “Conservation of Nature and the Countryside” and supports the efforts of the Contracting Parties to protect wild animal and plant species, their diversity and their habitat. Biodiversity is also one of the Five Areas of Priority Action established in the Multiannual Work Program
 
The contracting parties to the Alpine Convention delegated experts of the relevant ministries to be members of the Platform. Observers to the Convention may put forward representatives selected by the observers themselves.

List of members

2. Objectives 

According to the mandate, the main activities of the platform are:

  • International cooperation for the purpose of :
    • exchange of knowledge and experience (good-practice examples);
    • establishment of a forum for the discussion of issues concerning the preservation, management, and use of large carnivores and wild ungulates;
    • ensuring exchange of information among relevant partners.
  • Cooperation in terms of content, with the aim of cross-border protection and management of wildlife at the population level, especially:
    • ascertaining the biological and ecological needs of the single species (“ecological model”);
    • understanding the readiness of the local human population to tolerate large predators (“social tolerance model”);
    • considering the needs of local stakeholders;
    • determining common long term goals for the preservation of large predator populations;
    • development of a common action and communication strategy (especially for crisis situations). 

3. Activities, documents, results of the Platform WISO

WISO activities

    4. Links and Additional Information

     


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