Ministerial Environmental Conference on ˝Large Carnivore Management˝
Meeting has been attended by representatives of the Ministry of Environment, Environmental National Guard, European Commission, European Environmental Bureau.
10 Iunie 2019, 00:30
At the Ministerial Environmental Conference on “Large Carnivore Management”, which took place in Bucharest at the Palace of Parliament on 6-7 June 2019, representatives of EU Member States have discussed challenges that all countries face and also solutions that can be found for a better management of the large carnivores.
Meeting has been attended by representatives of the Ministry of Environment, Environmental National Guard, European Commission, European Environmental Bureau and representatives of associations and profile organizations from Romania and abroad.
Agenda started with a presentation from the European Commission regarding the support that the EU offers to Member States dealing with problems concerning the large carnivores that exist on their territory, especially the brown bear and the wolf. In the first session there were debates on the measures needed to protect and conservate the species of large carnivores that exist on the territory of the Carpathic chain where the brown bear, the wolf and the lynx exist.
Working session continued with the presentation of the Life for Bear project, which focuses on the complex management of conflicts between bears and humans and on testing new methods and the improvement of those which were implemented before. Results will lead to finding the best means to reduce the negative impact of urban development on conservation of bear population. Project is implemented by National Institute of Research and Development in Forestry „Marin Drăcea” from Braşov, Romania.
“Lately, the subject of biodiversity has been on the public and politic agenda, both in Europe and globally. It is a pleasing fact that marks an increase of the biodiversity awareness and I hope that this fact will lead to enhanced measures of conservation and restoration of biodiversity, including measures of reintroduction or repopulation with species in areas where they disappeared or where they are in a critical condition and, why not, I am referring also to repopulation with large carnivores”, said State Secretary from Ministry of Environment, Eugen Constantin Uricec.
Last day of the reunion focused on the challenge of coexistence between European people and large carnivores, because of the fact that they can sometimes be found near human settlements where they are causing fear and losses of the domestic animals. Harghita and nearby counties represent a particular situation where the number of large carnivores exceed national average.