© Ole Anders

© Ole Anders

© Ole Anders

Project Objectives

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The implementation of the measures to achieve the project objectives is planned for a timeframe of six years:

  • Reintroduction of 20 lynx over several years. The animals will come from healthy populations in Switzerland and the Carpathians in Slovakia in the time period 2016 – 2020. The animals will be telemetrically monitored.
  • The establishment of a project office in the project area. Professional training for the staff and in-depth training for the existing network of voluntary lynx consultants.
  • Encouraging cooperation between German and French stakeholder (hunters, shepherds and other livestock farmers, authorities, foresters, nature conservation associations, farmers and landowners) and to increase acceptance for the lynx by different groups by establishing a "lynx parliament".
  • Public relations work, production of relevant materials for different interest groups/stakeholders, educational and leisure offers round the topics of lynx and biological diversity in collaboration with environmental education facilities.
  • Development of a local master plan for the lynx in the transboundary biosphere reserve under consideration of hoofed game (especially roe deer) and livestock.
  • Establishing a guideline to connect the Palatinate Forest with other highlands in Rhineland-Palatinate and optionally with other counties.
  • Scientific monitoring and evaluation of the reintroduction process in cooperation with scientists of the FAWF Trippstadt.
  • Additional qualification for voluntary lynx monitoring in the Palatinate Forest for collecting data.
  • Create awareness for the acceptance of lynx among the local public through presentations, promotional offers and travelling exhibitions.
  • Support Farmers in preventing damage caused by the lynx (information, consultation, material supply for short term solutions, rewards for the report of killed game).
  • Building an enclosure and providing veterinary care for sick, injured and orphaned lynxes.
  • The project partner "Sycoparc" participates in the LIFE-project in public relations and environmental education. They developed a comprehensive educational project together with the French association "Les Piverts" and the German partner "NEZ Wappenschmiede" named "Luchsauge" (eye of the lynx).
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