The stakeholders are those subjects (associations, companies, or private citizens), who for some reason are affected by the presence of the wolf and/or share some of the project’s objectives. Key stakeholders within the LIFE WolfAlps EU project include: livestock farmers, hunters and environmental protection associations, but also numerous important organizations of tourism, craft, natural conservation and educational sectors. With each of them, the project is committed to establishing a constant dialogue that will allow to not only identify critical issues related to the presence of the wolf, but also to discuss possible solutions to be implemented with the aim of improving the coexistence between people and wolves. Identification of the main stakeholders at the local level was the first step to start this type of dialogue, and the map below summarizes the results of this hard work done by all project partners
The Steward is that stakeholder who decides to get involved and actively interact with the project. Unlike Collaborators or project Supporters, the Steward does not necessarily have to embrace the project’s points of view, but she/he wish to be involved, even just to express and share her/his own opinions and experiences through the methods of the project. The Stewardship Office is the tool that, by gathering these people, organizes their actions, according to the principles of ecological stewardship (the shared management of an ecological resource), by developing together best practices, sharing information and materials. This represents an opportunity to increase and spread our results, in a more effective way than the project team alone would be able to do.
Nature Guide - www.escursioniliguria.it
Nature Guide - www.escursioniliguria.it
I am a Ligurian nature guide and I propose on my website hikings, family walks and guided trekkings. By collaborating with the LIFE WolfAlps EU project I would like to contextualise and enhance the data collection and dissemination activities developed independently in my profession as a nature guide. I would like to network and share the LIFE project with educational, informative and phototrapping experiences – the latter so that they can be useful for the national monitoring conducted by ISPRA at the national level. I think that the project can reveal not only useful, but fundamental for the development of sustainable tourism at local level, bringing out the still little known area of the Ligurian hinterland for its naturalistic beauties, making the presence of the wolf become also an economical resource for the territory. In the end, I hope to be useful to the project by giving my contribution to some of its main objectives: monitoring, information, development of a sustainable form of wolf-ecotourism on a local scale. My educational and ecotourism activities will respect the project’s guidelines and the project will be able to support me in the promotion of events, in an exchange of mutual benefit.
I am a professional educator and a nature guide of the Piedmont Region. I work in Alta Langa, in those wooded areas of wild charm on the border with Liguria. I am a voluntary operator of the national wolf monitoring (I took part in the training course in Chiusa Pesio in October 2020) and I walk two transects in places I know like the back of my hand. But I would like to do something more: with the support of the project, which will provide me with materials and “manpower” (experts to be invited to the school classes) I am developing an educational project on wolf theme dedicated to local schools. The wolf is a stable presence in my areas, but I think it would be useful to organize some communication events to the public because the level of knowledge and tolerance of the species is still quite low and false beliefs only fuel the conflict. A scientific and correct knowledge is instead an effective tool to defuse conflicts.