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Title of the project

DinaRis: A Project in Support of Transboundary Cooperation in Lynx Conservation

Description

The lynx vulnerability present a solid basis for establishing the cross-border cooperation in nature conservation. With the DinaRis project the awarness was raised on its biological and social aspects, new tools for joint monitoring of lynx population were developed and partnerships were established at the highest scientific and management level. All the above resulted in the drafting of a proposal of joint strategy for the lynx population management, representing a first document of this kind between Slovenia and Croatia.

The main goal of this Interreg project is to establish a network of partnerships in the northern Dinarics, which will contribute towards promotion and long-term conservation of natural values of the area.

The following actions were implemented:

11 individuals equiped with GPS tags were tracked,
Individuals’ bone marrow was analysed,
Individuals tracking in snow conditions,
Prey consumption monitoring,
Surveys were undertaken examining the local tolerance for lynx presence,
Development and proposal of a joint lynx management plan,
Joint monitoring of the population and its genetic material,
Creation of websites and leaflets to raise awareness of the presence of lynx in the Dinarics,
Work with schools to raise awareness of lynx and other large carnivores in the area,
Lectures about lynx for the general public,
Communication with the media about lynx.

Slovenian Hunters Association and its members were particularly active on the field for the monitoring work. They were also involved with the common management strategy with Croatia.

 

Results

The results of the project are: an analysis of the quality of lynx habitat, the food availability and competition; a model of population dynamics and analysis of survival capacity of the lynx population in the Dinaric Mountains; a study about the possibility of lynx population monitoring using hair traps; a study on the lynx population genetics; a study of the ecology and status of prey species in the project area; a study on human attitude towards the lynx and the extent of knowledge about it; a common strategy for managing the lynx population in the Dinaric Alps; a common portal for registering data on lynx sightings; a bank of lynx genetic samples; a bilingual website for the promotion of the project and dissemination of results; and other promotion materials, such as educational brochure, exposition and a documentary film on the lynx in Slovene and Croatian.

Location

Country Slovenia, Croatia
Level International

Starting date

2004

Habitat Types

Farmland, Forest/Woodland, Scrub/Grassland, Wetland, Coastal, Island, Mountains, Suburban

Species

Species Caracteristics Protected species, Threatened species
Species Type Large carnivores
Name(s) of main species Eurasian lynx - Lynx lynx

Conservation action(s)

Management of habitats and wildlife (e.g. conservation and restoration activities), Research and data collection (e.g. monitoring, bag data)

Partners

Leading partners Society Dinaricum [Slovenia] (http://dinaricum.si/en/),Faculty of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Zagreb, Croatia (http://www-staro.vef.unizg.hr/en/)
Other partners Slovenian:University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty, Department of Biology (http://www.bf.uni-lj.si/dekanat/novosti/)Slovenia Forest Service (http://www.zgs.si/eng/about_sfs/organization/slovenia_forest_service/index.html)Symbiosis Institute (http://www.zavod-symbiosis.si/E_home.html)Hunters Association of Slovenia (http://www.lovska-zveza.si/)Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for Nature Conservation (http://www.zrsvn.si/sl/)Croatia:State Institute for Nature Protection (http://www.dzzp.hr/eng/)Croatian ForestsNP Risnjak (http://np-risnjak.hr/)

Estimation of the budget (total or annual)

370 000 €

Weblinks

http://www.mop.gov.si/fileadmin/mop.gov.si/pageuploads/podrocja/velike_zveri/majic_dinaris.pdf