The behaviour and habitat use of animals can be strongly affected by hunting methods and wildlife management strategies. Lack of consistency in wildlife management between regions can cause problems for population connectivity for some species, particularly for those with large home ranges. Thus, to facilitate the goals of ecological connectivity, ALPBIONET2030 aims to improve wildlife management of chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra) and Alpine ibex (Capra ibex) in cross-border area of the Julian Alps (289.660 ha). A participatory process, consisted of several expert meetings and workshops was used to discuss possibilities for reconciling land use conflicts and to set up the long-term vision for conservation, protection and sustainable management of both species and their habitats. The process targeted stakeholders from the Alpine regions, including representatives from wildlife management, hunting, park management, forest management, and other interested area residents. The results of the participatory process and applicability of approaches and methods for improving ecological connectivity of wildlife species in cross-border areas will be presented and further discussed. The research is financed by the ALPBIONET2030 project and co-financed by the European Union as part of the Alpine Space Program.
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