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Title of the project

Wolf in the Alps: Implementation of coordinated wolf conservation actions in core areas and beyond (code and short name: LIFE 12 NAT IT 000807, LIFE WOLFALPS)


The ultimate goal of the WOLFALPS project is to implement and coordinate wolf conservation actions in key core areas and beyond in the Alps ecosystem, from West to East, to further support the natural wolf alpine recolonization process. The lack of any form of coordinated management adopted at the Italian alpine scale is one of the most crucial challenges. Therefore, the implementation of the overall organization of the WOLFALPS project, which is build up on a shared and coordinated conservation program implemented within the different administrative divisions in Italy and Slovenia, and shared with other alpine countries, is the first objective to support wolf conservation over the Alps.
At the same time, to be highly efficient and realistic, conservation measures will be firstly applied in key core areas distributed from West to East over the Alps. A spatial model, developed in a previous ECONNECT project, indicated the wolf core areas important for the long term persistence of the wolf population within the alpine ecosystem. We adopted these indicated core areas, which are either already occupied by wolf packs, as in the Western Alps, or just recently recolonized by few individuals in the Central-Eastern Alps.

Hunters participated in assessing the wolf population conservation status at the beginning of the project and the end of the project. They were one of the main target groups for dissemination and for study of public attitudes toward wolves.




Country Italy, Slovenia
Level International

Starting date


Habitat Types

Forest/Woodland, Mountains

Protection status of the areas

Natura 2000, Regional protected area, National protected area


Species Caracteristics Protected species
Species Type Large carnivores
Name(s) of main species Canis lupus

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), Policy work (e.g. positioning of hunting organisations, demonstrating conservation actions)


Leading partners Parco Naturale delle Alpi Marittime
Other partners Corpo Forestale dello Stato, Museo delle Scienze, Ente Gestione Aree Protette Alpi Cozie, Ente di Gestione del Parco Naturale del Marguareis, Ente di Gestione Aree protette dell'Ossola, Consorzio Parco Nazionale dello Stelvio, Ente Parco Nazionale Val Grande, Regione Lombardia, Regione VEneto, Triglavski narodni park, University of Ljubljana

Estimation of the budget (total or annual)

6,100,454 euro

Estimation of Human Resources needed

16790 person-days