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Timeline

The main stages of the project, step by step.

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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