February 2011 – Workshop to develop the draft Wolf Management Plan in Slovenia, as part of the LIFE + project SloWolf

In 2010, the Department of Biology, Faculty of Biotechnology of the University of Ljubljana began implementation of the LIFE+ project SloWolf. One of the important objectives of the project was to work with a variety of interest groups to develop a draft Wolf Management Plan for Slovenia for the period 2012–2014. In Slovenia, wolves inhabit areas that are highly populated, and therefore, cohabitation with humans is of key importance for ensuing survival of the species. Conserving the large carnivores is a complex task that requires the participation and inclusion of various experts. For that reason, a series of five workshops was planned as part of the project, to ensure the active participation of various experts and interest groups, in order to achieve a consensus aimed at developing the best possible draft of the wolf management plan in Slovenia for the period 2012–2014.

Workshops were organised on 28 January, and 3, 4, 17 and 18 February 2011 at the Faculty of Biotechnology of the University of Ljubljana. Each workshop was attended by some 30 participants. Croatian participants in the workshops were Đuro Huber, Josip Kusak and Slaven Reljić from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Zagreb, Lucija Urli from the Nature Protection Directorate of the Ministry of Culture, and Ana Štrbenac and Jasna Jeremić from the State Institute for Nature Protection. During the workshops, they held four lectures (Huber, Kusak and Jeremić) on the biology and status of the wolf population in Croatia, on the damages to domestic animals and the legal regulation and implementation of activities relating to the determination, compensation and prevention of damages in Croatia, on the European guidelines for preparation of the new management plans at the population level, and the European Action Plan.

Reports are being prepared for the fourth and fifth workshops held on 17–18 February. After this, the staff of the SloWolf project will compile all the workshop reports and these will form the basis for preparation of the official draft of the Wolf Management Plan in Slovenia. The official draft of the plan will be submitted to the Ministry of the Environment of the Republic of Slovenia for forwarding to the adoption procedure.

For more about the LIFE+ SloWolf project, visit: www.volkovi.si