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Title of the project

Interreg Cerf IV-A


The Red Deer almost disappeared from the Swiss Jura massif at the beginning of the 20th century. This research project (following a previous one called: Projet INTERREG IIIa) is a French-Swiss collaboration that aims to follow the recolonization of the Red Deer in the area.
The study focuses on:
To increase the knowledge of the Red Deer populations in the massif;
To define the damages in the forests, to manage the populations and to experiment techniques for the environment to become less vulnerable;
To communicate with the management platform and to train professionals;
To inform the general public on the presence of the species.


Country France, Switzerland
Level Regional, International
Region Jura, Vaud, Genève, Berne, Neuchâtel, Bâle campagne, Soleure, Ain, Doubs

Starting date


Habitat Types

Forest/Woodland, Mountains

Protection status of the areas

Natura 2000, Regional protected area, National protected area, Hunting reserve, No protection status


Species Caracteristics Huntable species, Threatened species
Species Type Mammals (other than large carnivores)
Name(s) of main species Red Deer (Cervus elaphus)

Conservation action(s)

Management of habitats and wildlife (e.g. conservation and restoration activities), Research and data collection (e.g. monitoring, bag data), Communication and education (for different target audiences e.g. hunters, the wider public)


Leading partners France:National Office of Franche-Comté and Rhône Alpes (http://www.onf.fr/onf/sommaire/contact/contact/20080925-065010-589869/@@index.html)Regional Center of Forestry Property of Franche Comté (https://www.foretpriveefrancaise.com/n/franche-comte/n:785)Ain Hunting Federation (http://www.fdcain.com/)Doubs Hunting Federation (http://www.fdc25.com/)Wildlife National Office (http://www.oncfs.gouv.fr/)Switzerland:ChasseSuisse (https://www.chassesuisse.ch/)Federal Office of Environment, Forests and Landscapes (https://www.bafu.admin.ch/bafu/fr/home.html)General Direction of Environement and Biodiversity of Vaud (https://www.vd.ch/autorites/departements/dte/environnement/)Wildlife and Angling Service of Geneva (http://ge.ch/nature/faune/faune-sauvage-de-geneve)Hunting Service of Bâle-CampagneHunting Service of SoleureEnvironment Office of JuraWildlife Service of Neuchâtel
Other partners Centre Régional de la Propriété Forestière de Rhône-AlpesFédération Régionale des Chasseurs de Franche-ComtéChambre d’agriculture du Doubs et du JuraDirections Départementales des Territoires.Départements de l’Ain, du Doubs, du Jura,Direction Régionale de l’Environnement de Franche ComtéDirection Régionale de l’Agriculture et de la Forêt de FrancheComtéFédération Départementale des Chasseurs de Haute-SavoieForestiers Privés de Franche-Comté et de Rhône AlpesParc Naturel Régional du Haut-JuraRéserve Naturelle de la Haute Chaîne du JuraUnion Régionale des Associations des Communes Forestières deFranche Comté et de Rhône AlpesHaute Ecole du paysage, d'ingénierie et d'architecture

Estimation of the budget (total or annual)

575 101 €