WHY THESE POPULATIONS?
In this project, the Bohemian-Bavarian-Austrian, Dinaric, and South-East Alpine populations are being targeted. All three are relatively small and isolated reintroduced populations that occupy areas shared by a number of countries.
Knowledge about any species’ biology and ecology is crucial for its conservation, and no doubt several countries are already working hard to push lynx conservation forward.However, the debate should not only be about reintroduction, monitoring, genetics, and problems related to landscape fragmentation and hunting. It has to be about international cooperation as well, because the lynx does not respect state borders; thus, attempting to improve a lynx population’s status only at a state level is not likely to be effective.
Therefore, according to the European Commission Guidelines for Population Level Management Plans for Large Carnivores and the Recommendation of the Standing Committee of the Bern Convention, large carnivore populations that are small, isolated and shared by many EU countries should be given conservation priority. . All the states who share these populations should prepare joint strategies and management plans. This is the main goal of the 3Lynx project.