3Lynx - Population-based (transnational) monitoring, management and stakeholder-involvement for three populations of the Eurasian lynx in Central Europe

The Eurasian lynx is an endangered species and is strictly protected under EU and national laws. (Photo P. Kaczensky)
Photo of a lynx along a road [Link 1]
 
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The Eurasian lynx was persecuted for decades. After the species disappeared from Western Europe due to eradication, it migrated back from adjacent terrains starting in the 1950s and was also re-introduced in several instances. (Photo P. Kaczensky)
Photo of a lynx sitting in snow [Link 3]
The Eurasian lynx prefers large forest areas with thick underbrush as habitat. It uses open landscapes and human settlements only marginally and temporarily. (Photo P. Kaczensky)
Photo of a lynx walking about on brown soil. [Link 4]

The main threats to the survival of the Eurasian lynx  (Lynx lynx) are illegal killing (due to lack of acceptance by key stakeholders) and habitat fragmentation, which hinders migration.

In addition, unharmonised (national) monitoring and management traditions hamper a coordinated approach. The challenge is to integrate lynx monitoring, conservation and management of conflicts between stakeholders (leading to illegal killing), carried out and coordinated by responsible authorities and NGOs, towards a common strategy on transnational population level.

The main objectives of the project are:

a) to improve lynx conservation capacities by responsible stakeholders through experience, data and tool sharing;

b) to jointly analyse gained data at both population and transnational levels;

c) to implement a harmonised lynx monitoring on population level, also as an instrument to achieve active involvement of key stakeholders, namely hunters and foresters, into lynx conservation issues (aimed to improve acceptance);

d) to increase problem awareness among other stakeholder groups and connect the activities to macroregional/multinational strategies. The main outputs will be a transnational strategy affecting three lynx populations, endorsed by MoUs, an integrated toolbox and a sound acknowledgement of the approach by EUSALP, EUSDR, and the Alpine and Carpathian Conventions.

The project consortium is led by the czech  Ministry of Environment [Link 5]  and has partners from six Central European countries.

 

Project duration:  1 July 2017 - 30 Juni 2020

 

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JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

We are looking for a scientific coordinator [Link 6] - Application deadline 22 November 2017


 

Financing

Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE Programme
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Scientific contact at FIWI

Univ.Prof. Dr. Chris Walzer, Head

Conservation Medicine Unit

Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology, Vetmeduni Vienna,

T. +43 (1) 25077-7180

Email Chris Walzer
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