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LECA

Project overview

Supporting the coexistence and conservation of Carpathian LargE CArnivores

The Carpathians are home to large populations of lynx, wolves and bears. In recent years, conflicts between large carnivores and humans have increased, but no one knows if this is due to growing populations because data are not collected in a harmonised way across borders. The LECA project introduces a consistent and efficient monitoring approach, which involves local stakeholders. It will result in up-to-date population information, coupled with effective conflict prevention measures.

2,93m €

Project Budget

80%

of the Budget is funded by ERDF

Layer 1

6

Countries

11

Regions

12

Partners

4

Pilots

Duration

Start date

End date

Project progress

38%

Project partnership

Project partners

Česko (CZ)

Lead partner

Mendel University in Brno

Department of Forest Ecology
Address
Zemědělská 1
613 00 Brno
Country
Czechia (CZ)
Web
www.mendelu.cz

Project partner

Address
Usypiskowa 11
02-386 Warszawa
Country
Poland (PL)
Web
www.wwf.pl
Total partner budget
176,908 €
Address
Medená 101/5
811 02 Bratislava
Country
Slovakia (SK)
Web
https://slovakia.panda.org/
Total partner budget
288,581 €
Address
Álmos vezér útja 69/A
1141 Budapest
Country
Hungary (HU)
Web
https://wwf.hu/
Total partner budget
278,499 €
Faculty of Forestry/Department of Applied Zoology and Wildlife Management
Address
T. G. Masaryka 24
960 01 Zvolen
Country
Slovakia (SK)
Web
https://www.tuzvo.sk/en
Total partner budget
317,406 €
Természetmegőrzési Osztály (Nature Conservation Department)
Address
Sánc 6.
3411 Eger
Country
Hungary (HU)
Web
www.bnpi.hu
Total partner budget
103,335 €
Address
Kuźnice 1
34-500 Zakopane
Country
Poland (PL)
Web
www.tpn.pl
Total partner budget
256,576 €
Address
Tajovského 28 B
974 01 Banská Bystrica
Country
Slovakia (SK)
Web
www.sopsr.sk
Total partner budget
339,951 €
Address
Dolní náměstí 38
77900 Olomouc
Country
Czechia (CZ)
Web
www.selmy.cz
Total partner budget
220,346 €
Department of Species Protection and Implementation of International Commitments
Address
Vršovická 1442/65
100 10 Prague 10
Country
Czechia (CZ)
Web
https://www.mzp.cz/
Total partner budget
294,606 €
Address
Mihai Viteazul 44/63/E/10
500187 Brasov
Country
Romania (RO)
Web
www.zarand.org
Total partner budget
109,612 €
Address
Večna pot 2
1001 Ljubljana
Country
Slovenia (SI)
Web
http://www.zgs.si/
Total partner budget
189,078 €

Roadmap

1

Setting the scene

2

Exchange and pre-validation of knowledge

Expert consultations include (1) series of consultations on the LC analyses (monitoring, poaching, conflict prevention) with Carpathian Convention Working Group Biodiversity and with Alpine Convention; (2) draft guidances on monitoring, poaching investigation, conflict prevention to be validated in pilot areas.

3

Joint preparation of pilot actions

Detailed Pilot Action plans one for each area are prepared and peer-reviewed by partners, building on the results of previous activities.

4

Establishment of stakeholder platforms

In order to foster communication between the Pilots and local communities we establish cross-border stakeholder platforms in each Pilot Area that will hold regular consultations.

5

Widening the reachout

Increasing awareness and engagement includes (1) stakeholder engagement using new IT solutions; (2) awareness raising events of LCs based on project outputs and results for the national public.

6

Implementation of Pilot Actions

Reports on the results of Pilot Actions implemented on the monitoring, conflict prevention and poaching in pilot areas: Bear in the Tatra Mountains (SK, PL), lynx in the East Carpathians (PL, SK), lynx in the Slovak Karst (SK, HU), wolf in the Western Carpathians (CZ, SK).

7

Assessments in reference areas and Synthesis of the results

Synthesis of the results of the pilot actions and formulation of strategies includes (1) reports on Reference Areas (SL, RO); (2) joint synthesis of pilot results from pilot areas to feed back into guidelines; (3) local info days at events in Pilot Areas to present pilot action result.

8

Elaboration of strategies

Elaboration of peer reviewed strategies includes the following activities such as (1) peer reviewed draft local strategies created through workshop; (2) finalised Pilot area level strategies based on ground-proven guidelines on large carnivore conservation in monitoring, poaching investigation and conflict prevention; (3) memorandum of understanding.

9

Exchange and final validation of pilot results

Final validation of results includes (1) concluding consultations on the validated LC guidances on monitoring, poaching investigation, conflict prevention with the Carpathian Convention and with the Alpine Convention; (2) joint thematic meeting to agree on three finalised guidelines.

10

Channeling project knowledge to education

Educational activities include (1) the development of training programs in large carnivore conflict prevention for hunters in order to make their encounters with LCs conflict-free; (2) creation of university teaching material in order to spread knowledge about the main project findings.

11

Bringing project results to national policy levels

Bringing project results to national policy levels includes (1) a series of national roundtable discussions to engage policymakers into formulation of recommendations; (2) national recommendations on LC conservation; (3) national endorsement of national recommendations.

12

Transnational recommendations and updates

Trans-border activities include (1) revision of the Carpathian Convention Action Plan on LCs; (2) European level recommendations to Agricultural and Fisheries Council on cross-border, transnational and European harmonisation of monitoring, poaching investigation and conflict prevention of LCs based on validated guidances; (3) webinars on LCs organised at the transnational level.

News

Second round of lively discussions, sharing experiences and inspiration, this time in the Slovakia-Hungary cross-border area

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NEWS

22.04.2024

Second round of lively discussions, sharing experiences and inspiration, this time in the Slovakia-Hungary cross-border area

The LECA project partners WWF Hungary and WWF Slovakia successfully organised the pilot kick-off and stakeholder meeting in Parádfürdő, Hungary, on 18-19 April 2024. Lively discussions, interesting presentations as well as a farm visit - we experienced all this!

Hunters, livestock breeders, foresters and conservationists leading dialogue about wolves

P2 Green

NEWS

15.04.2024

Hunters, livestock breeders, foresters and conservationists leading dialogue about wolves

The cross-border area of Beskydy and Kysuce mountains is one of the four regions where we pilot our activities. On 26 March 2024 we invited representatives of hunters, foresters, farmers, livestock breeders, and nature conservationists to a gathering where we introduced the project activities, shared experiences and established further ...

Wildlife Snapshot: Successful lynx photo shoot & Bear-proof containers installed

P2 Green

NEWS

12.04.2024

Wildlife Snapshot: Successful lynx photo shoot & Bear-proof containers installed

Activities in Polish part of the Bieszczady Mountains are on a roll! We have captured the elusive lynx on camera traps installed in the area. And that's not all! We've also bolstered bear-proof containers to curb conflicts between bears and humans, ensuring garbage doesn't become a temptation.

Precious racka sheep are safe behind electric fences

P2 Green

NEWS

13.03.2024

Precious racka sheep are safe behind electric fences

Our colleagues have installed the first set of electric fences in Szentdomonkos, Hungary at the Slovakian Karst – North Hungarian Mountains. This is an important step to familiarise the livestock keepers with the best practices in prevention measures to halt large carnivore related damages, and promote successful coexistence.

Cooperation is key – First joint conference of the Alpine and the Carpathian Conventions on large carnivores management

P2 Green

NEWS

08.03.2024

Cooperation is key – First joint conference of the Alpine and the Carpathian Conventions on large carnivores management

A transboundary character of wildlife populations, such as large carnivores, require enhanced international collaboration for successful conservation and management solutions. As large carnivore populations are recovering in Europe, this is even more important to prevent and solve the challenges that arise.

The first wolves have telemetry collars

P2 Green

NEWS

04.03.2024

The first wolves have telemetry collars

The project activities are in full swing. We're engaging with stakeholders, setting up camera traps, and the first wolves are already equipped with telemetry collars. Our colleagues in Slovenia were the first to deploy one of them.

Cross-border monitoring of large carnivores in the Beskydy-Kysuce pilot area

P2 Green

NEWS

12.02.2024

Cross-border monitoring of large carnivores in the Beskydy-Kysuce pilot area

On 17-18 February 2024, LECA experts together with volunteers will monitor large carnivores in the Beskydy-Kysuce pilot area

Let’s identify the most pressing problems

P2 Green

NEWS

20.11.2023

Let’s identify the most pressing problems

Events

Slovak Karst – Northern Hungarian Mountains pilot kick-off meeting

P2 Green

EVENT

Hungary

In Person

18 - 19.04.2024

Slovak Karst – Northern Hungarian Mountains pilot kick-off meeting

Establishing cooperation continues! On April 18-19, WWF Hungary and WWF Slovakia host an exciting kick-off meeting in Parádfürdő (Hungary), gathering hunters, livestock breeders, foresters, and nature conservationists to discuss large carnivores and share experiences.

Beskydy-Kysuce Pilot Kick-Off Meeting

P2 Green

EVENT

Czechia

In Person

26.03.2024

Beskydy-Kysuce Pilot Kick-Off Meeting

Hey Nature Enthusiasts, get ready to kick off something truly wild and wonderful! We're thrilled to announce the Pilot Kick-Off Meeting happening in Rožnov nad Radhoštěm on 26 March.

Joint conference on large carnivore management – cooperation between the Alpine and the Carpathian regions

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EVENT

Slovenia

In Person

06 - 08.03.2024

Joint conference on large carnivore management – cooperation between the Alpine and the Carpathian regions

LECA project kick-off meeting in Brno

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EVENT

Czechia

In Person

24 - 26.04.2023

LECA project kick-off meeting in Brno

On 24-26 April 2023 LECA project partners met in Brno to discuss all the exciting project activities.

Pilot actions

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Project Contacts

Project Manager

Martin Duľa
Phone: +420770137635

Finance Manager

Petra Doleželová
Phone: +420777812052

Communication Manager

Lenka Kissová
Phone: +420735075304