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JRStyles Dear EEA,

I was curious, with carnivores being crucial for maintaining the health of ecosystems and several species reintroduction projects past, present and future, all across Europe. With many of the species having originally been made extinct from areas, at least in some part due to persecution by farmers and many other carnivore species remain in the areas being seriously threatened for to the same reason. I know, one of the biggest threats to species reintroduction projects, is rereleasing species back into areas, where the original cause of their eradication has still not been resolved. I heard about a case study on Lynx where in very early stages of reintroduction to an area, they initial preyed on some livestock, whist re-establishing themselves in the area, but then the level of livestock taken quickly declined. I know there are compensation schemes set up with some of these projects, to reimburse farmers for any resulting livestock taken. But with the issues being with farmers, I was curious if the viability of a livestock compensation / farmers being sympathetic to carnivores on their land scheme has ever been considered or researched for being incorporated into European wide agri-environmental stewardship schemes? I believe farmers being sympathetic to carnivores could count enough as sympathetic habitat management, due to the crucial ecosystem services they provide and habitat management takes places as a results of their presence in an areas. The agri-environmental schemes do provide many benefits to conservation and already have large numbers of farmers and other land managers signed up to existing schemes. It may not completely eliminate farmers persecuting carnivores on their land, but if it at least helped increase species survival rates and increase individual animals live spans, to enable them to naturalise themselves back into the areas and increase the amount of beneficial knowledge they can pass on to the future generations of their species, it’s definitely worth at least researching its potential viability.

Kind regards,


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Jan 27, 2014 10:43 AM