The EU Platform on Coexistence between People and Large Carnivores is a grouping of organisations, including ELO, representing different interests groups which have agreed a joint mission:
"To promote ways and means to minimize, and wherever possible find solutions to, conflicts between human interests and the presence of large carnivore species, by exchanging knowledge and by working together in an open-ended, constructive and mutually respectful way".
The Plenary meeting of the EU Large Carnivores Platform took place in Brussels on Monday, 13 May 2019. Jurgen TACK (ELO) and Humberto DELGADO ROSA (European Commission) co-chaired the meeting. The meeting focused on (1) the CAP reform and its ability to support national actions supporting the coexistence with large carnivores, and (2) existing fear of humans towards large carnivores.
In 2019, the EU Platform on Coexistence between People and Large Carnivores organised its regional meetings in cooperation with some of the regional platforms active in promoting dialogue between the various stakeholders involved in the management of large carnivores.
On May 8th, a regional meeting was organised in co-operation with the Grosseto local platform. It was hosted by the Tuscan Regional Council in Florence.
On November 19th, a regional meeting was organised in Harghita, Romania discussing the approach of stakeholder platforms as a local instrument, the involvement of hunting organisations in bear management, damage prevention systems and the control of recreational and tourism activities related to bears.
All reports and information are available on the official EC website: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/nature/conservation/species/carnivores/coexistence_platform