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Strengthening cooperation to address socioenvironmental challenges of EUSAIR flagship PET HAB ECO

Interreg IPA ADRION 2021-2027 IPA-ADRION00367

Duration: 36 months

Coordinator at ZRS Koper: Liliana Vižintin, PhD

Project’s budget:

Participating Institute at ZRS Koper: Mediterranean Institute for Environmental Studies

Partners’ organizations:

  • Università degli Studi di Udine, Italy
  • Biološki fakultet, Univerzitet u Beogradu, Serbia
  • OIKON d.o.o. – Institut za primijenjenu ekologiju, Croatia
  • ΑΡΚΤΟΥΡΟΣ, ARCTUROS – Civil Society for the Protection and Management of Wildlife and the Natural Environment, Greece
  • Venetian Cluster, Italy
  • Centar za zaštitu i proučavanje ptica, Montenegro
  • Igea MAK d.o.o., North Macedonia
  • Qendra “Për R.M.M.N. në Shqipëri”, Protection and Preservation of Natural Environment in Albania, Albania
  • Lovska zveza Slovenije, Slovenia

Project Summary

The 4PETHABECO project aims to preserve the populations of large carnivores by testing innovative solutions for their protection and restoration of their habitats, especially through the strengthening of green infrastructure, the reduction of coexistence conflicts and the improvement of connectivity. The specific objectives of the 4PETHABECO project are: reinforcement of collaboration inside Adriatic-Ionian area to foster synergies and harmonization of large carnivores’ monitoring procedures and techniques, increase transparency of data acquisition and interpretation, dealing with increasing challenges regarding the conflicts related to populations of large carnivores and human coexistence, by improving participatory processes for innovative management of large carnivores’ habitats, creating a knowledge base and an interactive platform of the Adriatic-Ionian area for solving coexistence conflicts, improving the understanding of the cultural, social and environmental diversity of the area. The long-term effects of the project, conservation of large carnivores and the improvement of their resilience, will be ensured through the co-creation of joint strategies and action plans of the Adriatic-Ionian area for the joint management of large carnivore populations, the protection and increase of their terrestrial habitats and their connectivity, which will also enable the implementation of the objectives of the EUSAIR cross-border flagship PET HAB ECO.