EU Large Carnivore Platform meeting: Good practice for coexistence

The Platform was established to “promote ways to minimize and find solutions to conflicts between people and large carnivores”.

Published on:

Large Carnivore Platform

EU Large Carnivore Platform Plenary Meeting: Sharing good practice for coexistence

EUROPARC and representatives from landowning, herding, hunting, research and conservation organisations, met yesterday in Brussels for the fourth annual meeting of the EU Platform on Coexistence between People and Large Carnivores. During the Plenary meeting, the first since the European Commission adopted the new Action Plan for nature, people and the economy, the members reviewed their work from the previous year and discussed future plans.

large carnivore platform meeting

The main items on the agenda included:

  • a discussion of good practice examples for coexistence with large carnivores based on activities carried out in a range of countries – a report will be launch later in 2017
  • statement on recent developments in large carnivore management in Romania (see press release here)
  • How to link the work of the local-national platforms to the EU Platform? A number of regional, national and local large carnivore Platforms were invited to the meeting to explore the potentialities of working together.

Humberto Delgado-Rosa, Director for Natural Capital, DG Environment, who co-chairs the meeting for the European Commission, said:

A focus of our new action plan is building political ownership by working together with stakeholders and member states. It’s been interesting to discuss how the EU Platform and national and regional Platforms can work together and share information. There is more potential to establish similar groupings in the Member States where large carnivores are already present or are returning.

Next Large Carnivore Platform Workshop: “Living Together”, organised by EUROPARC and ELO

EUROPARC and ELO (the European Land Owner’s Organisation) are preparing a thematic workshop on Large Carnivores that will take place in Preapli Giulie Nature Park (Italy), between the 12-14 October 2017.

With a multiplicity of perspectives and the background experience of our host in transboundary cooperation (Prealpi Giulie is a Transboundary Park, together with Triglav National Park), the workshop will greatly contribute to finding solutions on how we can “Live together”. More information and the finalised programme will be launched soon.

Further information

The EU Platform on Coexistence between People and Large Carnivores is a grouping of organisations representing different interests groups which have agreed a joint mission:  “to promote ways and means to minimize, and wherever possible find solutions to, conflicts between human interests and the presence of large carnivore species, by exchanging knowledge and by working together in an open-ended, constructive and mutually respectful way.”

For more information on the work of the Platform, please see: