What we have done!


  • The IUCN, on behalf of LCIE and other relevant Specialist Groups, sign up to an European Commission sponsored stakeholder dialogue platform together with representatives of agricultural, reindeer herding, hunting, land owning and conservationsist interest groups.
  • LCIE sign and MoU with Rewilding Europe.
  • 2013

    • LCIE members assist the European Commission in organizing a second stakeholder workshop in Brussels in December, 2013.
    • The LCIE develops a "Manifesto for Large Carnivore Conservation in Europe"
    • LCIE members assist the European Commission in organizing a stakeholder workshop in Brussels in January, 2013.
    • The LCIE deliver a series of reports to the European Commission that summarise;
      • The status and management of large carnivores in Europe.
      • A review of conflicts and conflict resolution methods relevant for large carnivores.
      • A review of progress made towards implementing the population approach in Europe.
      • A review of LIFE projects that have focused on large carnivores.
      • A report from a stakeholder workshop held in Brussels.
    • A new four year period for the LCIE as an IUCN SSC Specialist Group begins with an expanded membership that fills in missing geographic areas and missing competence.
    • The LCIE holds a meeting in Tuscany, Italy in March, 2013.


    • The Bern Convention organizes a workshop on large carnivore conservation in Switzerland in May, 2012. The LCIE hold a workshop the following day.
    • The LCIE, through the Istituto di Ecologia Applicata, win a new contract from the European Commission to produce a number of reports summarizing the state of large carnivore conservation in Europe.


    • The LCIE begin a process of reviewing the status and management of large carnivores across Europe.
    • The LCIE become involved in two policy debates with the European Commission concerning wolf hunting in Sweden and the future of bear hunting in Croatia upon their entry to the EU.


    • The LCIE change their status to being an official Specialist Group within the IUCN's Species Survival Commission.
    • Meeting of the LCIE in Maritime Alps Natural Park, Italy in May.


    • The exibition is displayed in the following locations.
      • Summer / Autumn 2009 - Kristiansand Zoo, Norway
      • Autumn 2008 / Winter 2009 - 8 Serbian cities, Belgrade (Gallery of Natural History Museum), Sremska Mitrovica (Museum of Srem), Bajina Bašta (Gallery of Tara National Park), Knjaževac (Museum of Knjaževac), Petrovac na Mlavi (Aula of High School Mladost), Boljevac (Centre of Culture), Žagubica (City Hall), Ćuprija (Museum Horreum Margi - Ravno)
      • Spring 2009 – Winter 2009 / 2010 - Hnuti DUHA Olomouc (Friends of the Earth Czech Republic), Travelling exhibition. In 2009 it has been displayed in the following 9 cities; Jihlava, Hodonin, Liberec, Hluboka nad Vltavou, Chomutov, Usti nad Labem, Vlasim, Holesov, Kasperske hory.
      • Spring 2009 – Winter 2009 / 2010 - Zoo Dvůr Králové, Czech Republic
      • Winter 2009 / 2010 - Zoo Ostrava, Czech Republic
      • Spring 2009 – Winter 2009 / 2010 - Parc zoologique d'Amiens Métropole, France
    • The LCIE support the European Assoication of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) in their European Carnivore Campaign (Link) which runs from August 2008 to September 2010.


    • The LCIE prepare a range of information materials in connection with the population management guidelines. The European Commission creates a website featuring these products.
    • The guidelines [1.5 MB] are finalized at a pan-European conference in Slovenia [Link] and endorsed as best practice by the European Commission.
    • A brochure [11MB] and an exhibition [44MB] on large carnivore conservation entitled "Large Carnivore Conservation in Europe: the challenge and the opportunity" is prepared and displayed in;
      • June 2008 - Large Carnivore Conference. Postojna, Slovenia
      • September 2008 - European Association of Zoos and Aquaria Annual Meeting. Antwerp, Belgium


    • The LCIE organise a series of workshops on the population level management plans for large carnivores in Sweden, Finland, Latvia / Estonia (joint workshop), Lithuania, Slovakia / Czech Republic (joint workshop), Slovenia, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Bulgaria, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Croatia.
    • A draft of the guidelines is circulated for comment
    • Many of the LCIE members participate in a one day seminar entitled "Coexistence of large Carnivores and Humans: Threat or Benefit?" organised by the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC) in Belgrade.


    • The LCIE comment on the proposed wolf management plans for Castilla y Leon in Spain and Finland.
    • The LCIE begin working on two contracts for the European Commission to develop "Guidelines for population level management plans for large carnivores" that will run until July 2007.
    • New website launched.
    • LCIE host a one day sympoisum on "Conserving large carnivore in European landscapes: the challenge and opportunity of coexistence" (0.1MB) within the first European Congress of Conservation Biology held in Eger, Hungary in August 2006.


    • Croatia publishes management plans for wolves, bears and lynx. The process behind these plans was based on a human-dimensions approached facilitated by Prof. Alistair Bath and the LCIE, and the LCIE help secure funding to initiate the process.
    • Core member Prof. Alistair Bath drafted a manual for the LCIE and the Large Herbivore Foundation (LHF) intitled “Human dimensions: a strategic tool for nature conservation: using examples from large carnivores and large herbivores”
    • LCIE co-hosts a Council of Europe sponsored seminar on "Transboundary management of large larnivore Populations" (0.6MB) together with the Slovenian Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning and the Austrian LIFE bear project, in Osilnica, Slovenia in April.
    • The Council of Europe print a popular report on “Conservation of large carnivores in Europe” (4.2MB) written by the LCIE in their Questions and Answers series.
    • LCIE officially becomes a working group within the IUCN’s Species Survival Commission.


    • LCIE updated and translated into English a Swedish manual for teachers entitled “Living with Large Carnivores – Manual for teachers” (0.5MB) produced by WWF Sweden.
    • LCIE prepared a position statement (0.1MB) on the Swiss proposal to delist the wolf from Appendix II to Appendix III of the Bern Convention, and presented it to the Bern Convention Standing Committee.
    • LCIE hosted a workshop on "Large Carnivore Conservation in Germany" in the Bavarian Forest National Park, Germany.
    • LCIE sign official cooperation agreement with the SCALP Network (Status and Conservation of Alpine Lynx Populations).
    • The LCIE prepare a report on “Status and trends for large carnivores in Europe” (0.5MB) for the United Nations Environment Program’s World Conservation Monitoring Centre”.
    • The LCIE participated in one visit to Spain as part of the International Committee to Follow-up Conservation Actions on the Iberian lynx in October (0.2MB).


    • The LCIE co-hosted the “Carpathian Workshop on Large Carnivore Conservation” (0.4MB) in Poiana Brasov, Romania..
    • The LCIE participated in two visits to Spain as part of the International Committee to Follow-up Conservation Actions on the Iberian lynx in March (1.1MB) and October (1.4MB).


    • The LCIE prepared a document entitled “LCIE Core Group position statement on the use of hunting, and lethal control, as means of managing large carnivore populations” (0.1MB), and presented this to the Bern Convention.
    • The LCIE, in cooperation with the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research, present a report “The fear of wolves” (1.3MB) summarizing the known cases of wolf attacks on humans from Europe during the last 300 years.
    • The LCIE, together with the IUCN’s Cat Specialist Group were requested by the Bern Convention to form a committee (International Committee to Follow-up Conservation Actions on the Iberian lynx) to help facilitate convention recommendations concerning Iberian lynx conservation.
    • Report on the GIS analysis of "Conservation Areas for Large Carnivores in the Carpathians" (1.5MB) is published


    • Presentation of the LCIE [English 0.1 MB]
    • Workshop on large carnivore conservation held in Rytro, Poland.


    • Action plans for bears (0.5MB), wolves (0.8MB), Eurasian lynx (0.6MB), Iberian lynx (0.4MB) and wolverine (0.6MB) presented to, and approved by, the Bern Convention Standing Committee.
    • The Bern Convention Standing committee creates an “Group of experts on Large Carnivores” (1.0MB) consisting mainly of LCIE Core Group members and holds a Meeting in Oslo, Norway.
    • Experts from Baltic States launched the Baltic Carnivore Initiative – an independent group within the LCIE. Research projects on carnivore ecology and behaviour, and human dimensions aspects in carnivore population management were established in the region, which lead to the creation of action and management plans for bears, wolves and lynx in Latvia and Estonia.
    • The LCIE publishes the first issue of “Carnivore Damage Prevention Newsletter” a free newsletter distributed in print and on the internet.
    • Reports are published on the human dimensions of large carnivore conservation in southeastern France and Croatia.
    • “Carnivores and tourism: the challenge ahead” (2.2MB) published in cooperation with WWF-UK.
    • LCIE provide assistance in initiating a human-dimensions based process with stakeholder involvement that provides concrete input into a new Norwegian management plan (finalised in 2003) for large carnivores.
    • LCIE members hold presentations on large carnivore conservation in Europe at the World EXPO 2000 in Hanover, 14th September, 2000.


    • Workshop on large carnivore conservation held in Cuneo, Italy.
    • The LCIE and the Council of Europe funded a GIS study on conservation areas for large carnivores in the Carpathians.
    • LCIE experts drafted and published “The Integrated Approach in Wildlife Conservation Field projects” (1.0MB).
    • WWF-UK ran a year long “Campaign for Europe’s Carnivores” (0.7MB) which was mainly focused on LCIE activities.


    • Workshop on large carnivore conservation held in Poina Brasov, Romania.
    • Writing of action plans for 5 carnivore species begins.
    • The beginning of the LCIE’s ongoing Human Dimensions research, meant to develop and implement new ideas and methods to ensure the coexistence of carnivores and people.
    • With LCIE encouragement Balkan NGOs established the ‘Balkan Large Carnivore Conservation Network’ (BalkanNet) a program centered around conservation cooperation in the Balkans. This group remained active until 2002.
    • The LCIE established close collaboration with the then newborn Large Herbivore Initiative (currently the Large Herbivore Foundation). Due to this collaboration, some of of the LCIE human dimension research has covered not only carnivore, but also herbivore management issues.
    • The LCIE funded a GIS study on conservation areas for large carnivores in the Alps (0.2MB) and the report was published by the Council of Europe.
    • LCIE experts drafted and published “Guidelines for developing large carnivore management plans”.
    • The LCIE together with experts from the Institute of Applied Ecology (Italy) prepared a publication entitled “The Impact of Livestock Support on Carnivore Conservation” (2.1MB).
    • The original LCIE website was launched.


    • Workshop on Large Carnivores in the Balkans and Dinarids (1.2MB) hosted in Vienna, Austria.


    • The LCIE identified 'ecoregions' as future management units for large carnivores in Europe.


    • WWF International initiated the “Programme for large carnivores in Europe” (Original press release February 1996 0.1MB), inviting experts and organizations from 17 European countries.