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Title of the project

SloWolf – Conservation and surveillance of conservation status of wolf (Canis lupus) population in Slovenia

Description

the facilitation of long-term conservation of wolves, their prey base and their Slovenian habitats. In particular, it aimed to take account of human attitudes towards the wolf in order to overcome any apparent conflicts through a Wolf Management Action Plan.

1. The project used a range of sampling techniques including innovative genetic methods and GPS telemetries were used to monitor: population size and reproductive success; habitat use and preying rate; health status; and the number and distribution of wolf packs and litters.
2. Three surveillance sessions were carried out and all information was centralised into a publically accessible internet-based portal. This information was then used to produce a Wolf Action Plan.
3. Economic analysis was undertaken comparing the costs endured by farming with/without wolf/bear defences.
4. A range of methods of media coverage were undertaken including written articles, internet articles, TV emissions and wolf conferences.
5. 2429 volunteers were trained to help with project actions.

hunters worked alongside volunteers in wolf population monitoring activities.

Results

The project identified a stable population within Slovenia containing 35-40 wolves;the produced Wolf Conservation Action was adopted by the Slovenian government;the project proved that electric fences and shepherd dogs were useful tools for preventing wolf damage on farms;the extensive media coverage improved the perception of wolves in the general public;

Location

Country Slovenia
Level National

Starting date

2010

Habitat Types

Farmland, Forest/Woodland, Scrub/Grassland 

Protection status of the areas

Natura 2000, Emerald Network, Ramsar, Regional protected area, National protected area, Areas with voluntary or mandatory hunting ban, Hunting reserve, No protection status

Species

Species Caracteristics Huntable species, Protected species
Species Type Large carnivores
Name(s) of main species Grey wolf - Canis lupus

Conservation action(s)

Research and data collection (e.g. monitoring, bag data), Communication and education (for different target audiences e.g. hunters, the wider public)

Partners

Leading partners University of Ljubljana, Biotehniška fakulteta, Oddelek za biologijo (http://www.bf.uni-lj.si/biologija/oddelek/)
Other partners Slovenia Forest Service (http://www.zgs.si/eng/about_sfs/organization/slovenia_forest_service/index.html)Slovenia Dinaricum SocietySlovenia (http://www.vlada.si/en/)

Estimation of the budget (total or annual)

1,017,773.00 €

Estimation of Human Resources needed

2429 volunteers were trained, hunters, university staff and forestry workers also worked alongside so the value will be higher

Publication(s)

Title: Overall evaluation and monitoring of the project conservation achievements Author: Jasna Mulej et alYear: 2013 Editor: University of Ljubliana; No of pages: 82(http://ec.europa.eu/environment/life/project/Projects/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.showFile&rep=file&fil=SloWolf_Evaluation.pdf)

Weblinks

http://ec.europa.eu/environment/life/project/Projects/index.cfm?fuseaction=search.dspPage&n_proj_id=3554&docType=pdf