Wolf Conservation Through Stakeholder Management In Germany

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Abstract:

With growing wolf populations in Germany, compensatory damages is a common means for coping with additional economic burdens posed to livestock herders. Since their effectiveness is largely criticised when solely implemented, it is highly relevant to combine this financial instrument with an incentive to reduce wolf depredation on livestock. It is therefore commonly endorsed to subsidise prevention measures. This thesis analyses how the federal states in Germany have implemented these economic schemes. The existing federal management plans and funding guidelines reveal differences which could be judged based on scientific knowledge and an online research on the current proceedings. Requirements have been derived for how to shape these regulations best under the consideration of four stages of wolf occurrence. Therefore, each federal state’s compliance could be evaluated. Results show that Saxony implemented the most advanced regulations for reducing and preventing extra economic burdens for livestock owners, being exemplary for federal states with reproducing wolf packs. Rhineland-Palatinate, however, overtakes this performance as a federal state with less, only transmigrating wolves, which supports the idea of proactive management. The overall compliance with the required aspects of implementation is rather unsatisfying regarding the fact that they have been derived from management practices already existing. Transboundary management has not yet achieved consistency stressing the need for national guidance.<<<Read More>>>