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Timeline

The main stages of the project, step by step.

2021

16/09/2021

Kick off meeting for C3 starting in Marittime Alps: human activities-predator-prey relationship mstudy

On the 16th September, in Chiusa Pesio, it was organized a kick off meeting for the start of the study on human activities-predator-prey relationship, in the frame of LWA EU action C3.

At the meeting partecipated: LWA EU staff, APAM staff, representatives of the hunting district CACN5, carbinieri forestali, ISPRA, ASL, Piedmont Region, and three department of the University of Turin, which coordinated the meeting.

 

07/09/2021

WPIU Field visit in Marittime Alps

Aim of the meeting was the exchange of best practice on the most effective prevention methods for cattle. The workshop was organized by Protected Areas of the Maritime Alps, and 30 members of the staff, from the project partners: French Biodiversity Agency (OFB), Mercantour National Park, Slovenian Forest Service, University of Veterinary Medicine of Vienna (VUW), ERSAF, Autonomous Region of the Aosta Valley, Protected Areas of the Cozie Alps, Turin Metropolitan City, Liguria Region and Protected areas of Piedmontese Apennine.

02/07/2021

"Wolves, conflicts and fake news" a workshop for journalists by MUSE

Workshop for journalist organised by MUSE and EURAC. Topics: conflicts with human activities, conservation issues, debunking of fake news on wolves.

30/06/2021

Long term shared management of hybrids at international scale

A technical report on how to adress wolf-doghybridization. This document includes guidelines developed discussed and shared in a dedicated LWA EU workshop by the alpine Italian Regions, ISPRA and institutions to manage this issue in a coordinated manner at the alpine Italian context

30/06/2021

Workshop on predator prey study!

In-presence workshop for coordination of the partners involved in the LWA EU predator prey study (actions A4 and C3). The worshop was hold in Stelvio National Park and lasted 2 days

 

 

22/06/2021

Training and meeting of Anti Poison Dog Units

A training day for anti-poison dog units of the LWA EU. The new anti-poison dog units involved were those from Liguria (RELI), Lombardia Region (RELO), and the University of Veterinary Medicine of Vienna (VUW).

Training is very important to monitor the dogs’ progress,  evaluate their performance, and work on any deficiencies.

 

22/06/2021

"When the wolf become a news" second workshop for journalists by APAC-METO

Second workshop for journalists organized by APAC-METO. The topic discussed were: monitoring, urban wolves, hybrids, Italian Action plan for wolf management and conservation.

21/06/2021

First WPIU training in Mercantour National Park

First WPIU training course in PNM: 4 days of theoretical and applied lessons! From 21 to 28 june 2021

 

14/06/2021

Second monitoring visit

3 days dedicated on an update on how the project is going and to evaluate it!

10/06/2021

Workshop for mountain guides: "Coexistence trekkings"

A training course for professional mountain guides, for thhose guides that will take hikers on one of the seven trekkings included in the catalogue “Cammini di coesistenza (coexistence trekkings”). This hiking tours are part of action C7, on promoting ecotourism, and was organized with the support of the touring operator “Viaggi e Miraggi”.

 

 

09/06/2021

Second Annual Meeting

Also 2021 project annual meeting was online..waiting for the possibility to meet live!

08/06/2021

"When the wolf become a news" first training course for journalist by APAC METO

First of the two sessions of the workshop for journalists organized by  APAC and METO. Aim of the workshop was to give journalists an overview on LWA EU activities, give some elements on wolf ecology and behaviour, and discuss together about fake news and debunking.

27/05/2021

First thematic conference of LWA EU!

The conference was organized by the project partner EURAC, with a live broadcast on Zoom that offered the possibility of simultaneous translation into Italian, French, German and Slovenian, and a live stream on Youtube and Facebook.

Eight hours of talks in which the international project partners illustrated the situation of the wolf in the four countries working together in the LWA EU, showing the contribution of the coordinated activities planned by the project to improve knowledge and coexistence with the wolf.

complete overview of the wolf in France, Italy, Slovenia and Austria, with scientific data at hand on the current state of knowledge: population estimates, distribution, monitoring, damage and prevention and management. The day was therefore an opportunity to make the point of how the LWA EU develops in the different areas of intervention, as well as providing details of what has been done so far and all the work that will be carried out in the coming years.

For those who missed the conference or want to watch it again you can find the recordings  here

26/05/2021

Debunking protocol for LWA EU staff

A guide for debunking of fake news made in collaboration with Fact-news, a journalism agency specialized in fighting misinformation. This edition is for internal use only, and will help the LWA EU project staff to fight wolf fake news.

 

 

25/05/2021

First WPIU training course in France

First training course organized by OFB for WPIUs which will work in France. Course was made of both theoretical and practical lessons, with visits to breeders in the area where WPIU will take action.

 

 

17/05/2021

First teacher training workshop organized by MUSE

On the 17-20 and 28 of May the first training workshop for teachers organized by Muse took place. The workshop was planned in the frame of E4 action. The first two days consisted in web classes on wolf biology, ecology and monitoring, but also coexistence and human dimension and anthropology. The third day was instead a field trip to meet forest rangers as well as shepherds and breeders and discuss with themabout prevention methods.

 

30/04/2021

Piedmont WPIU meeting!

Coordination meeting of wolf prevention units (WPIU) of Piemonte to discuss and define the action protocol, with the aim of harmonize the interventions.

 

 

30/04/2021

Action C6 technycal report delivered!

Action C6 has the aim of reducing habitat fragmentation and road mortality in Susa Valley. The report analyse animal vehicle (and train) collisions occurred in 2001-2020 in Susa valley to determine hotspots in which mitigation measures should be adopted. The report is downloadable  here

29/04/2021

Stewardship Agreement MUSE-ACT

Associazione Cacciatori Trentini (ACT- Association of Trentino hunters) has become a LWA EU Steward!

ACT already collaborate with MUSE and the Autonomous Province of Trento, contributing to the wolf monitoring activities, and, in general, carnivores monitoring in the Province.

The main objectives of the stewardship agreement are:

  • Go on with the collaboration in wolf monitoring activities by further training both ACT personnel and hunters and provide them with the necessary tools to a correct and efficient data collection on the field, as well as motivate them to pursue a long-term wolf monitoring on the territory.
  • Favour a correct and objective information on wolf presence to hunters. To this purpose, informative-training meetings for ACT personnel and hunters in each hunting District/Reserve will be planned.
  • production and publication of informative articles on the wolf in Association’s journal “Il Cacciatore Trentino”
  • Start a study on wolf-prey relationship in Trentino

22/04/2021

First "Expert in the classroom" meeting: students meet stakeholders

For the first time breeders and shepherds met students in primary schools, in the frame of Expert in the Classroom activity. An opportunity to explain children their experiences and life with wolves.

31/03/2021

Phase 1" of national wolf monitoring completed in Italy

31 March marked the end of the systematic collection of wolf presence signs in the field, the “phase one” of the first national monitoring of the species launched in autumn 2020 by the Ministry for the Environment (now the Ministry for Ecological Transition) and coordinated by ISPRA.

The LIFE WolfAlps EU project has coordinated monitoring in all Italian Alpine regions, from Piedmont to Friuli Venezia Giulia, and in the Ligurian-Piedmont Apennines. In this area about 1000 operators were engaged, covering about 1250 transects, repeating them periodically from October to March to cover a distance of over 8000 kilometres.

30/03/2021

WPIU training course in Salbertrand

The Cottian Alps Parks have set up its own prevention support team that will be operational from the beginning of the next mountaineering season to support and help mountain shepherds in preventing wolf attacks.

23/03/2021

Training course for operators of the North Piedmont WPIUs

Training course for operators of the North Piedmont WPIUs. They will be operational from the summer of 2021, although the supply of prevention materials (paid for by the Piedmont Region) has already been carried out in the summer of 2020 to fill a need.

23/03/2021

First concrete activity realized together with a project steward!

First concrete activity realized together with a project steward! Training course about wolf biology and communication for Mistral Tour International operators: the pandemic has narrowed travel horizons, but will it open travellers’ minds to nature at home?

15/03/2021

Training course for operators of the Asti and Alessandria WPIU teams

Training course for operators of the Asti and Alessandria WPIU teams. They will be operational from the summer of 2021.

08/03/2021

Training course for the WPIUs the province of Cuneo.

Training course for the WPIU team operators in the province of Cuneo. They will be operational from summer 2021.

2020

06/11/2020

First WOLFALPS EU project wolf with telemetry collar in Slovenia

Researchers from Biotechnical Faculty in Ljubljana caught and GPS -collared a young wolf. They named it Jelko after the area where he was captured (Jelovica, Slovenia).

05/11/2020

Alpine Genetic WEB Workshop

The objective achieved by the online workshop was to define common strategies and approaches to compare and combine the results of genetic analysis over the 4 years of the project and in the long term.

21/10/2020

Predator-Prey WEB Workshop

The overall goal of the workshop was to develop and agree on a common strategy and design for the implementation of the predator-prey-hunter study that will be carried out in each country, for the evaluation of the predator-prey relationship, especially considering the roe deer population.

20/10/2020

Wool living lab: secondo meeting

Preview of the results of the survey about wool: how much wool is produced in the Alps? Of which quality? What are the projects that have promoted its re-use: which succedeed, which failed and, above all, why? The little platform was concluded by establishing the next steps: by the end of 2020, identify possible supply chains and start ups to implement them.

07/10/2020

FIRST TRAINING COURSE FOR NEW MONITORING VOLUNTEERS IN THE PROVINCE OF TRENTO

As the first national monitoring of the wolf came out, operators and volunteers met at the MUSE – Science Museum of Trento to take part in the training session dedicated to the initiative.

Three intense hours dedicated to updating on the situation of the wolf in the Alps, the ISPRA guidelines, the recognition of the signs of presence of the species and the planning of the transects to be monitored in the coming months.

Among the audience present, it was not difficult to perceive the enthusiasm and the desire to test themselves on the field!

23/09/2020

ON THE ALESSANDRIA APENNINES THERE ARE TEN PACKS OF WOLVES: DATA PRESENTATION MEETING

On the Alessandria Apennines there are ten packs of wolves. The data has been made known by the partner Piedmont Apennine Protected Areas Management Authority on its YouTube channel, showing the results of the standardised wolf monitoring (2018-2020) for the territory of the province of Alessandria.

22/09/2020

Refreshing course for monitoring operators of the Piedmont Wolf Network - Torino

A quick refreshing course organized by partner Città Metropolitana di Torino for the “historical” operators of the wolf monitoring of the Torino Province belonging to the Piemonte Wolf Network: presentation of the new App for monitoring and distribution of transects at Parchi Alpi Cozie in Salbertrand.

22/09/2020

Refreshing course for monitoring operators of the Piedmont Wolf Network - Cuneo

A quick refreshing course for the “historical” operators of the wolf monitoring of the Cuneo Province belonging to the Piemonte Wolf Network: presentation of the new App for monitoring and distribution of transects at Parco Naturale del Marguareis in Chiusa Pesio.

18/09/2020

Fourth training course for new monitoring operators

The Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park hosted in Sedico the technical meeting to train new operators who will be involved in the first national wolf monitoring, led by the Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale (ISPRA).

17/10/2020

Third training course for new monitoring operators

The “tour” of monitoring training reaches Friuli Venezia Giulia, where the course was held in Udine.

15/09/2020

Second training course for new monitoring operators

The training of new operators was held in Avigliana: from October they will be involved in the first national monitoring of the wolf coordinated by ISPRA throughout Italy and entrusted to the the LIFE WolfAlps EU project for the Alpine regions.

The day was organized by the Cottian Alps Protected Areas with two theoretical sessions, one practical session and 200 operators involved.

14/09/2020

First training course for new monitoring operators

Today in Chiusa Pesio (CN), at the headquarters of the Marguareis Natural Park, the first training event on monitoring was held, which involved about 120 new operators.An intense day, between frontal lessons and practical tests entrusted to the operators of the LIFE WolfAlps EU Project and the staff of the Protected Areas of the Maritime Alps to teach how to recognize, collect, georeference the signs of presence and documented sightings in a standardized way and without danger for the safety of the operators.

06/09/2020

Summer School 2020

Finally back on the field! From 4th to 6th September the first project summer school took place in Valle Gesso, organized by the Protected Areas of the Maritime Alps: 28 motivated and curious teachers from all – or almost all – northern Italy, from nursery schools to agricultural institutes.

Three days of intense exchange and confrontation, where the theme of coexistence with the wolf was tackled without filters, so as to give everyone the tools to build an informed opinion and use the contents to develop ad hoc educational activities.

03/09/2020

Exchange of experiences in Switzerland

Slovenia Forest Service organized an excursion to the canton of Graubünden in Switzerland to exchange experiences with the association AGRIDEA on agricultural damage prevention practices in alpine areas where conflicts with wolves occur regularly.

12/06/2020

First Project Monitoring Visit

The monitoring visit has also been virtual – but it is always an essential step to understand where and how the project is going…

11/06/2020

First Project Annual Meeting

Meeting in person is better, but technology helped us to overcome distances and all 19 project partners were able to meet in a virtual room to take stock of the progress of the project and plan the next steps.

10/06/2020

First session of the Wool Living Lab

A very operational online meeting with those in the business, a breeder and the contact person of The Biella Wool Company to understand the critical issues of wool recovery and reuse in the Italian Alps.

09/06/2020

Online Brainstorming on ecotourism: ideas, experiences, objectives.

Products, packages, training: a preliminary comparison to understand how to put the project at the service of an authentic ecotourism where the wolf becomes the right “excuse” to tell the territory in its natural and cultural richness and complexity.

08/06/2020

Wolf prevention intervention units: let's start

Mixed teams of professionals to support breeders who suffer predation: here are the first in Piedmont.

03/06/2020

First LIFE Alpine Young Ranger brainstorming workshop

More than 20 protected areas online to network and find ideas to engage kids in nature conservation.

03/06/2020

Coordinating between regions: an online meeting with the Ligurian project staff

Overcoming management fragmentation means confronting each other to establish coordinated lines of action: that’s it!

27/05/2020

International Monitoring Workshop 2020: online!

All Alpine Countries discuss an integrated surveillance of the wolf status at the population level

22/05/2020

Online training on communication and ecotourism

A moment of training and exchange dedicated to environmental guides from all over Italy registered with AIGAE.

19/02/2020

Valdieri, Coordinating Meeting for piedmontese partners

Good old days before the pandemic, when you could sit around a table and define actions, calendars, deadlines…

13/02/2020

Valdieri, Antipoison Dog Unit - a new beginning!

Meeting between all the bodies and institutions responsible for the fight against poaching, coordinated by Carabinieri-Forestale.

05/02/2020

San Michele Mondovì, meeting with citizens

A series of repeated sightings has aroused curiosity and fear: an evening to shed light and not create unfounded alarmism.

31/01/2020

Turin, second meeting of the local stakeholder platform

An intense morning and afternoon to meet all the local stakeholders, collect petitions, identify solutions.

2019

22/11/2019

Di nuovo tra i cittadini

Informare gli abitanti delle zone di nuova o futura colonizzazione significa gettare le basi per la convivenza.

21/11/2019

Back at school!

First intervention in class by the Parks Alpi Cozie and the Metropolitan City of Turin for the children of Piossasco, new frontier of the expansion of the wolf.

21/11/2019

Valdieri, first press project press conference

First official presentation of the project to the public and intervention of the main co-funder of the project, the Fondazione Capellino, committed to the protection of biodiversity.

19/11/2019

Kick-off meeting: official launch of the project

4 Alpine countries gathered around a table to find and implement concrete and coordinated solutions: from wolf monitoring to damage prevention, anti-poaching, ecotourism and communication.

16/09/2019

Signature of the Grant agreement

With the countersignature by the Protected Areas of the Maritime Alps of the Grant Agreement, the project starts…at least on paper!

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