By Luigi Boitani, Council of Europe
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12. Applied research Although the wolf is one of the most studied species, much scientific research continues to be dedicated fruitfully to basic aspects of the wolf’s natural history. In fact, its behavioural and ecological flexibility leads to local adaptations, which result in new data allowing for greater knowledge of the limits of this adaptability. A study of the way in which ecological conditions change can be useful in evaluating all possible management options. Even the basic research carried out on a national scale can be used to produce reliable estimates (censuses and vitality assessments) on the demographic situation and changes (spontaneous or induced) in the distribution range.
Contribute to the regular gathering of all necessary data to monitor the management and biological conditions of the wolf in all European countries. Belgium None. 1 The Bern Convention adopts this Action Plan and the Country participate in establishing a Group of Experts on Wolf Management. 2 The Group of Experts produces a detailed European Wolf Management Plan and submits the Plan to be approved by the Bern Convention. 1 The Group of Experts identifies at large scale all areas of Europe where wolves or their potential wild prey are still present with viable populations.
Establish a permanent protocol of consultations with local people about the management actions to be implemented in their area. Design and implement an educational and information programme. Design and implement a press campaign. Identify and empower credible wolf managers to represent the case of the wolf in front of the public and the press. Co-ordinate a programme of scientific research at European level, distributing research topics along with local priority. Contribute to maintaining a close link among all researchers working on the wolf in Europe.
Action Plan for the Conservation of Wolves in Europe by Luigi Boitani, Council of Europe