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Institute for Regional Development - Human - Environmental Interactions

Human - Environmental Interactions

Large carnivores usually return to the Alps and discover new habitats to reside in. However, these animals are often regarded as unwelcome guests by the local population and repeatedly become victims of illegal killings.

The research group "Human-Environmental Interactions" is developing sustainable solutions for the coexistence of humans and wildlife, along with solutions for the conservation of biodiversity. These include connecting important habitats, for example, with wildlife corridors, and developing recommendations for the various stakeholders. Based on the scientific findings and using participatory processes, the research group is also working to raise public awareness of how these animals live in the wild and their ecological importance.

The group is additionally working on increasing awareness of the possibilities of wildlife management. New approaches to conflict management can be tested, especially in nature reserves where the relationship between humans and nature has value for local and regional development.

Objectives

  • Study the coexistence of humans, nature and wildlife from a socio-economic and ecological perspective with a multi- and interdisciplinary approach.
  • Avoid conflicts between humans, nature and wildlife to promote and facilitate dialogue between different stakeholders.
  • Do educational work: Create awareness of the natural environment, the way in which wild animals live and the possibilities for coexistence between humans and wild animals.
  • Support local policy makers with scientific data and activities on specific issues.

Topics

  • Protected areas and ecological connectivity
  • Wildlife and human society
  • Natural resources and socio-economic development
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Eurac Research is a private research center based in Bolzano (South Tyrol) with researchers from a wide variety of scientific fields who come from all over the globe. Together, through scientific knowledge and research, they share the goal of shaping the future.

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Our research addresses the greatest challenges facing us in the future: people need health, energy, well-functioning political and social systems and an intact environment. These are complex questions, and we are seeking the answers in the interaction between many different disciplines. In so doing, our research work embraces three major themes: regions fit for living in, diversity as a life-enhancing feature, a healthy society.

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