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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.
 
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 2015-2016 the platform will draft practical goals and management options for the recovery and conservation of wolf and lynx populations in the Alps; and prepare a separate document on management options in relation to recovery and conservation of bears in the Alpine region. Practices for information flow and support for decision-making processes will be developed  as well as common interpretations of behaviour of problem bears. Coordinated conservation actions for the lynxes will be prepared involving the key stakeholders. The activities of coordinated programmes of genetic monitoring of wolves and bears will continue.   
 
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 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:

  • 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). 

Current activities, documents, results of the Platform WISO

WISO activities

Past activities, documents, results of the Platform WISO  

WISO activities


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