The opinion of the Committee of the Regions will be elaborated in Harghita county

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The opinion of the Committee of the Regions on promoting coexistence with conflict species will be prepared by Borboly Csaba (CIM)

Borboly Csaba has proposed the elaboration of an opinion on promoting coexistence with conflict species (e.g. brown bear), which will analyze human-wildlife conflicts within the framework of EU Nature Directives. The proposal was accepted by unanimous vote by the Commission for the Environment, Climate Change and Energy (ENVE) of the Committee in Talin at 4th of July.

Regarding the EU’s Action Plan for Nature, People and the Economy one of the actions under the “political ownership and compliance” priority area touches upon the challenges arising from the conservation of species and habitats and socio-economic activities, including in particular human-wildlife conflicts. The CoR’s opinin will give a special focus to the human-wildlife conflict management at local and regional level that ensures the conservation of endangered species and their habitats and the protection of human life and economic activities.

For more information about this topic, see the European Commission’s website (http://ec.europa.eu/environment/nature/legislation/habitatsdirective/index_en.htm).

Documents related to the topic:

Statement of the European Commission DG Environment on the opinion on “Promoting coexistence with conflict species within the framework of the EU Nature Directives”

Milieu’s report (2016). Effective multi-level environmental governance for a better implementation of EU environment legislation

Promoting coexistence with conflict species within the framework of the EU Nature Directives

The Communication of the Commission on the EU’s Action Plan for Nature, People and the Economy 

Council Directive 92/43/EEC of 21 May 1992 on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora 

József Lanszki – Anita Kurys – Miklós Heltai – Sándor Csányi – Kornél Ács 2015. Diet composition of the golden jackal in an area ofintensive big game management, — Ann. Zool. Fennici 52: 243–255.

Agenda– elaboration process:

1. Consultation with local stakeholders

– 14th of July 2017: Consultation with hunting organisations, game management authorities and representatives of local authorities, Miercurea Ciuc

– 11th of  August 2017: Consultation with environmental organisations, Miercurea Ciuc

2. Consultations with the European Commission

– September 2017: Consultation with the representatives of the EC’s Environment Directorate General

3. First discussion of the working document in ENVE Commission: 18th of September 2017
Working document: Promoting coexistence with conflict species within the framework of the EU Nature Directives

4. Discussion and adoption in ENVE Commission: 19th of November 2015
The draft opinion: Promoting coexistence with conflict species within the framework of the EU Nature Directives
Amendments of the ENVE commission members
Rapporteur’s standpoint of the amendments
Rapporteur’s amendments
Summary of decisions from the ENVE commission meeting

OPINION: Promoting coexistence with conflict species within the framework of the EU Nature Directives

Documents:

Pohja-Mykrä M. (2016) Felony or act of justice? – Illegal killing of large carnivores as defiance of authorities, Journal of Rural Studies, Vol 44: 46-54, doi:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2016.01.003.

Pohja-Mykrä M. – Kurki S. (2014) Strong Community Support for Illegal Killings Challenges Wolf Management. European Journal for Wildlife Research, 60(5): 759-770. doi: 10.1007/s10344-014-0845-9

Pohja-Mykrä M. (2017) Community power over conservation regimes: Techniques of neutralizing illegal killing of large carnivores in Finland, Crime Law and Social Change, 67: 439–460, DOI 10.1007/s10611-016-9666-y.

Pohja-Mykrä M. – Kurki S. (2014.) Evaluation of the Finnish national policy on large carnivores, Reports 135. Ruralia Institute, University of Helsinki.

Matilainen A. – Pohja-Mykrä M. – Lähdesmäki M. – Kurki S. (2017) I feel it is mine! – Psychological ownership in relation to natural resources, Journal of Environmental Psychology, 51:31-45,