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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 delegated experts to be members of the Working group/Platform. Observers to the Convention may also nominate representatives for the Working groups/Platforms.

List of members

Objectives 

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

WISO activities

    Past activities, documents, results of the Platform WISO  

    WISO activities


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