A subpopulation of lynx shall be established in the Palatinate Forest. This area is part of the transboundary biosphere reserve Palatinate Forest and Vosges du Nord. Due to the conservative dispersal behavior of the lynx, it is not to expect that a lynx population will establish on its own.
The reintroduced lynx might migrate to the northern Vosges and be in a direct genetic exchange with subpopulations in the middle and southern Vosges, as well as in the Jura and the Alps. In that case, the Palatinate Forest would become a partial habitat of a large, stable metapopulation of lynx.
In Europe, this species can be found just in a few refuges and is listed as endangered in central and Western Europe. Therefore this project plays an essential role in the protection and conservation of lynx in Europe.
The implementation of the measures to achieve the project objectives is planned for a timeframe of six years:
· - 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.
· - Consolidation of stakeholders, including cooperation partners. Integration and continuation of the current exchange as "lynx parliament". Moderation of possible discrepancies (also across borders). Participation in the work of the round-table of the Ministry for the Environment Rhineland-Palatinate (Umweltministerium Rheinland-Pfalz).
· - 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.
· - Building an enclosure and providing veterinary care for sick, injured and orphaned lynxes.
· - Reintroduction of 20 wild lynx in the Palatinate Forest from Switzerland and Slovakia.
· - Scientific monitoring and evaluation of the reintroduction (telemetry, camera traps) to check the trend of reproduction and dispersion.
· - Support Farmers in preventing damage caused by the lynx (information, consultation, material supply for short term solutions, rewards for the report of killed game).
· - Development of Guidelines to connect further habitats.
· - Development of a local masterplan for lynx in the biosphere reserve under consideration of hoofed game (especially roe deer) and livestock.