|Expected results of the project|
• Evaluation the actual conservation status of brown bear populations in the 15 existing Natura 2000 sites overlapping the project’s area.
• Reducing the number of individuals harvested by hunters within the intervention quote over the population.
• Elaborating and disseminating a hand book about optimal quantitative and qualitative counting methods of brown bear populations and individuals. It will be the hand book of the wildlife managers and field agents.
• After obtaining the right information about brown bear population level and density in each wildlife management area, the conservation methods of this target specie will be optimized at the whole project’s level.
• Reducing the cases when the killing of some individuals is the only solution, by promoting of alternative measures and extending at national level the experience gathered in the frame of the project.
• Standardized methodology for risk evaluation related with problem bears and habituated bears.
• Saving some exemplars of poached and snare trapped bears in the range of the whole project.
• Decreasing the number of killed problem bears by their relocation.
• Reducing of conflicts with local people by removing of the habituated bear individuals.
• Rehabilitation all abandoned and orphan bear cubs by increasing the intervention and receiving capacity of the Rehabilitation Center.
• Every orphan bear cub (at least 15 per year) will arrive back in the nature veritable representing their specie.
• Decreasing the number of habituated and problem bears by rehabilitating the cubs of problem female bears.
• 30 electrical fence systems mounted each year around shepherd camps, crops and beehives on the area of the project.
• Reducing damages at minimum 20 agricultural fields, beehives and shepherd camps per year by utilizing of repellent materials and systems.
• Reducing the level of damages on the whole surface of the project.
• Reducing conflicts between bears and local people.
• Promoting best practices among farmers in order to reduce bear damages.
• Reducing the habitat fragmentation and degradation by realizing several proposals in order to insure the connectivity of Natura 2000 sites designated for conservation of the specie Ursus arctos.
• Decreasing the negative attitude toward bears and toward Natura 2000 sites among local people by promoting local products.
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