ABOUT LIFE DINALP BEAR
Population level management and conservation of brown bears (Ursus arctos) in Northern Dinaric Mountains and the Alps – LIFE DINALP BEAR (LIFE13 NAT/SI/000550) is a transboundary project in which a wide team of experts from four neighbouring countries work close together to improve the coexistence of humans and bears. The project’s main objectives are population level monitoring of the brown bear, its management and conservation in northern Dinaric Mountains and in the south-western area of the Alps. Mitigation of human-bear conflicts and the promotion of coexistence and natural expansion of brown bear population from the Dinaric Mountains into the Alps are the key steps toward the long-term conservation of bear population. Objectives are being achieved through coordination and cross-border cooperation of organizations from Croatia, Slovenia, Italy and Austria. Coordinating beneficiary is Slovenia Forest Service, with University of Ljubljana and ERICo Velenje as partner organizations from Slovenia. University of Zagreb (Faculty of Veterinary Medicine) and Autocesta Rijeka-Zagreb are partner organizations from Croatia, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna (Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology) from Austria and, The Autonomous Province of Trento, Italian Lynx Project and Veneto Region from Italy. The project is co-financed by the programme LIFE+ Nature and Biodiversity, which is intended for co-financing of projects that contribute to halting the loss of biodiversity within the European Community.
The International Association for Bear Research and Management (IBA) is a non-profit organization open to professional biologists, wildlife managers and others dedicated to the conservation of all bear species in the world. The organization has over 550 members from over 50 countries.
The eight bear species of the world pose significant research and management challenges to governments, local authorities, wildlife biologists, land managers, park personnel, tribal councils, and private land owners. The public sometimes endures hardships caused by bears; the public also highly values bears and wants them to survive. Management responsibility for bears and their habitats rests with numerous national and local agencies and councils. Encroaching civilization, often involving land-use conflicts, competition for resources, and overexploitation by humans, has resulted in the decline or disappearance of bear habitat and bear populations in portions of their ranges.
Continued viability of populations will be largely contingent upon a cooperative approach towards research, management, land use, and education. As the pre-eminent professional organization focused on bears, IBA supports the scientific management and conservation of all bear species through research, distribution of scientific information, and fostering professional connections among its members through conferences and workshops.
The IBA sponsors international conferences on all aspects of biology, ecology, and management of the world’s 8 bear species. The IBA conferences are rotated between the Americas and Eurasia on an approximately 18-month cycle. Many of the conference papers are published as peer-reviewed scientific papers in the journal Ursus. The 26th International Conference on Bear Research and Management in Ljubljana, Slovenia promises to be yet another successful conference in the rich history of IBA’s international conferences.