Population-level monitoring, management and conservation of brown bears in northern Dinaric Mountains and south-eastern Alps

The main objective of our project is to overcome the current local-scale practices of brown bear management and pave the way for transition to population-level conservation, management and monitoring.

Decrease of human-bear conflicts and promotion of coexistence

In a variety of actions we explore what drives conflict “hot-spots”, and use non-lethal solutions to provide best practice examples.

Promotion of natural expansion of Brown bear from Dinaric Mountains into the Alps

While habitat modelling has shown that the Alps are capable of supporting a bear population and the small reintroduced population in Trentino is thriving, natural expansion is slow. We will use a multidisciplinary approach to look into this issue and try to understand the social and physical barriers to expansion, and the corridors that need to be protected.