Project number: 100322836
Project title: Objective Wolves Acceptance in human-altered cross boundary lanDscapes (OWAD)
Programme: Cooperation programme Free State Saxony – Czech Republic 2014-2020
Project coordinator: CZU
Project partners: Museum of Natural History Görlitz, Ministry of Environment of the Czech Republic, Nature Conservation Agency of the Czech Republic
Wolves (Canis lupus) were extirpated within almost all countries of Central Europe – mainly during 18th and 19th centuries. Currently their populations are re-established in many areas of Europe and gradually spreads to the territory of the Czech Republic. The wolf is particularly protected species and predator with a natural function of regulator of the ungulates. Currently, however, a compatible program for the care and monitoring of cross-border wolf populations is missing. The main objective of the project is the sustainable return, existence and establishment of the wolf as an apex predator in a human-altered cross-border landscape - a complex pilot study from the Czech-Saxon border region.
Partial goals include:
a) TRANSFER OF KNOWLEDGE FROM SAXONY;
i. harmonization and optimization of wolf monitoring in order to increase the effectiveness of protecting economic interests;
ii. formulation of effective tools to prevent and minimize damage caused by wolves (system of compensations, preventive measures in the form of fences and shepherd dogs);
iii. enhancing communication and dealing with farmers and hunters in order to effectively protect the wolf;
b) RESEARCH to understand the ecological needs of wolves in the border area;
c) PUBLIC INFORMATION on the role of the wolf in human-altered cultural landscape of Central Europe.
(quadrate network of 5 km)