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Human - Environmental Interactions


Large carnivores are coming back and dispersing in new areas in the Alps. Large carnivores are still not well accepted by local populations and stakeholders, making them potential victims of illegal killing. The search for implementable solutions to overcome these and other human-wildlife conflicts is one key research activity. Based on scientific findings and participatory approaches, we aim at raising awareness for sustainable answers, which enable human wildlife coexistence and biodiversity conservation. This also comprehends the implementation of ecological connectivity and the elaboration of recommendations for stakeholders. Protected areas, as fundamental actors in the Alpine environment, can be the experimental sites for testing new approaches on conflict management and making the human-nature relationship valuable for local and transnational regional development.


  • Being a point of reference in the Alps for the socioeconomic and environmental research on human-nature and wildlife coexistence, analysing the current and emerging issues applying a multi- and inter-disciplinary approach
  • ​Acting as a dialogue-facilitator and a mediator between different stakeholders about human-nature and wildlife conflicts.
  • Contributing to the increase of knowledge and awareness of the large public in regards to the natural environment, wildlife and coexistence potential
  • Supporting local policy-makers through scientific data, specific activities and updated literature
  • Contributing to national and transnational experts' platforms and working groups​


  • Protected Areas and Ecological Connectivity
  • Wildlife and Human Society
  • Natural Resources and Socioeconomic Development


  • Human - Environmental ​Interactions
  • Environmental Conflicts
  • Large Carnivores
  • Conflict Management
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Natural Resources
  • Wildlife Crimes
  • Environment
  • Wolf
  • Wildlife
  • Dolomites UNESCO​
  • wildlife coexistence​


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