Bern Convention
Group of Experts on large carnivores

Large Carnivores are a source of emotions around Europe. While three species (wolf, bear and Eurasian lynx) are recovering part of the space they lost and may create conflict with livestock raising, the Iberian lynx is critically endangered and the wolverine is under some threat.

Activities on Large Carnivores have been going on for over 25 years on the Convention. A milestone was the adoption of five European Action Plans produced in collaboration with the Large Carnivore Initiative for Europe (LCIE) in 1999, for wolf, Eurasian lynx, bear, Iberian lynx and wolverine. The Expert Group on large carnivores works in tight collaboration with LCIE and promotes implementation of the Action Plans at the national and European level, insisting on a new population based approach adopted in 2008.

The Group held its last meeting on 24-26 May 2012.

Recommendation No. 163 (2012) on the management of expanding populations of large carnivores in Europe

Recommendation No. 162 (2012) on the conservation of large carnivores populations in Europe requesting special conservation action

Recommendation No.148 (2010) on the conservation of large carnivores in the Caucasus

Recommendation No.137 (2008) on population level management of large carnivore populations

Recommendation No.115 (2005) on the conservation and management of transboundary populations of large carnivores

Recommendation No.107 (2003) on the Odelouca Dam (Portugal)

Recommendation No.101 (2003) on the implementation of the Pan-Alpine Conservation Strategy for the Lynx (PACS)

Recommendation No.100 (2003) on conservation of large carnivores in the Carpathians

Recommendation No.94 (2002) on urgent measures for the conservation of the Iberian Lynx (Lynx pardinus)

Recommendation No.89 (2001) on the conservation of the European Lynx in the Alps

Recommendation No.82 (2000) on urgent measures concerning the implementation of action plans for large carnivores in Europe

Recommendation No.74 (1999) on the conservation of large carnivores

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