LARGE CARNIVORES, WILD UNGULATES AND SOCIETY PLATFORM.
Presidency: Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention
Sustainable wildlife management requires balancing and harmonizing ecological, economical and socio-cultural interests; the relation wildlife – society needs to be managed.
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 in a balanced manner.
The Platform was set up by the X. Alpine Conference
in 2009. In the years 2017-2018 the platform is focusing on the promotion of information exchange, dialogue and coordination among the Contracting Parties and among authorities, wildlife managers, hunters and foresters; the sustainable damage prevention and compensation, through the report and exchange of national and regional approaches and good practices as well as the analysis of possible application of the agricultural fund for Rural Development for financing damage prevention measures; the development of recommendations for internationally coordinated Brown Bear management actions at the Alpine level, taking into account the results of the Life DinAlp Bear project and the Bear Alpine Group indications and other relevant initiatives; the further development of programmes for alpine-scale coordinated genetic monitoring of large carnivores and the promotion of initiatives to counteract inbreeding in alpine lynx sub-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 “Nature protection and landscape conservation”
and supports the efforts of the Contracting Parties to protect wild animal and plant species, their diversity and their habitat.
The Contracting Parties to the Alpine Convention delegate experts to be members of the Working groups/Platforms. Observers to the Convention may also nominate representatives.
List of members
According to the mandate, the main activities of the platform are:
- promoting procedures among the contracting parties which foster the exchange of information, scientific data and experiences in order to support decision-making processes as well as the coordination of responding actions for large carnivores;
- fostering dialog among authorities, wildlife managers, hunters and foresters by establishing information and consultation mechanisms;
- further developing coordinated programs of genetic monitoring of large carnivores on an Alpine scale;
- developing recommendations for internationally coordinated Brown Bear management actions at the Alpine level, taking into account the results of the Life DinAlp Bear project and the Bear Alpine Group indications and other relevant initiatives;
- promoting initiatives to counteract inbreeding in alpine lynx sub-populations (such as reinforcement);
- reporting and exchanging on national and regional approaches and (good) practices in sustainable damage prevention and compensation systems for livestock damages from large carnivores;
- elaborating a handbook on possible application of the agricultural fund for Rural Development for financing damage prevention measures.
Current activities, documents, results of the Platform WISO
Past activities, documents, results of the Platform WISO
- Meeting of the Platform in Rome, 29. May 2015
- Meeting of the Platform in Cevo, 28-29 October 2013
- Meeting of the Platform in Cogne, April 2013
- First Conference of the platform WISO "Large Carnivores and wild ungulates", 26th - 28th April 2012, Innsbruck
- Program WISO Conference April 2012, Innsbruck
- WISO Platform Activities, Caroline Nienhuis
- Guidelines for Population Level Management, Urs Breitenmoser
- Brown bear management in Slovenia, Marko Jonozovic
- The genetic footprint of Alpine ibex reintroductions & implications for population management, Christine Grossen
- Results from the ECONNECT project, Ruedi Haller
- Monitoring standards for large carnivores in Germany, Felix Knauer
- Lynx Project Bayern, Sybille Wölfl
- Monitoring of wolves in the Alps, Francesca Marucco
- Livestock protection in the Alps, Daniel Mettler
- Working group Modeling
- Working group Monitoring
- Working group Human Dimensions
- Meeting of the Platform in Schaan, June 2011
- Second Workshop of the Platform "Large carnivores and wild ungulates” 1.-3. Februar 10, Innsbruck (A)
- Information on the first meeting of the platform
- Situation of large carnivores in the Alps, Urs Breitenmoser
- Carnivores and Ungulates in the Alps, Ulrich Wotschikovsky
- Expectations of alpine hunters towards governments concerning large carnivores and wild preys, Marco Giacometti
- Multifunctional close-to-nature forest management and wildlife management, Philippe Schütz
- Multifunctional Mountain Forestry, Kurt Ziegner
- Alpine Outdoor sports–recent developments, nature compatibility & good practices for visitors guidance, Willi Seifert
- Viewpoints of the Alpenpark Karwendel, Tourism, Anton Heufelder
- Small Ruminants versus Large Carnivores in the Alps, Georg Höllbacher in Veronika Nowak
- Nature protection, Joanna Schoenenberger
- Platform "Ecological Network" of the Alpine Convention, Yann Kohler
- Alpine Space Project Econnect, Aurelia Ullrich
- First Workshop of the Platform "Large carnivores and wild ungulates” 22./23. October 09, Vaduz
- National contributions