Wolf Management Plan in the Republic of Croatia for the period 2010–2015

The Decision on adoption of the Wolf Management Plan in the Republic of Croatia for the period 2010–2015, aligned with Article 96, paragraph 2 of the Nature Protection Act, was passed on 15 July 2010 by the Minister of Culture. The plan is the result of a two-year process to revise the 2005 plan (Štrbenac et al., 2005) in which representatives of all interest groups participated (representatives of relevant ministries, members of the Committee for the monitoring of large carnivore populations, scientists, foresters, non-governmental associations, etc.) in a series of joint workshops, held on 25 April 2007 in Šibenik and on 12 and 13 February 2009 in Zagreb. At the workshops, the participants assessed the prior implementation of the plan and proposed their amendments.
On the basis of workshop results, the collected data and analysis conducted on the data of a small group of authors, whose work was coordinated by the State Institute for Nature Protection, the proposed Wolf Management Plan in the Republic of Croatia for the period 2010–2015 was proposed. The Ministry of Culture conducted consultations with other ministries, and the plan was submitted to the adoption procedure.
The plan is for the period from 2010 to 2015 and consists of five basic segments:
1. Vision,
2. Premise for the drafting of the plan,
3. Assessment of the implementation of the Wolf Management Plan,
4. Operative wolf management plan with detailed action plan, and
5. Supervision over the implementation and revision of the Wolf Management Plan in Croatia.
The most important part of the plan is the Detailed Action Plan that outlines the activities that are necessary to implement in order to ensure the wolf population in Croatia is conserved in the most harmonious possible cohabitation with humans.
 

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