LARGE CARNIVORES, WILD UNGULATES AND SOCIETY PLATFORM.
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
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
- 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.-3.02.10, 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./23.10.09, Vaduz
- National contributions
4. Links and Additional Information
- Institutions of the Contracting Parties:
- European Union
- Additional information: