Conference Program

International Conference on

“Transport infrastructure and other categories of bear-human conflicts” 


6th-8th February 2015


Friday 6 February  2015

17.30-18.00: Registrations

18.00-18.30: Greetings 

  • - Panagiotis Lafazanis, Ministry of Productive Reconstruction, Environment and Energy
  • - Theodor Karypidis, Governor of Region of Western Macedonia
  • - Adamopoulos Sotirios, Vice Governor Head of the Regional Unit of Kastoria
  • - Anestis Aggelis, Mayor of Kastoria

18.30-19.30: Introduction

  • - Mr. Sp. Psaroudas (Project Manager of LIFE ARCTOS KASTORIA): “Implementation of the project LIFE ARCTOS KASTORIA: Aims, problems encountered, results achieved”

19.30-20.30: Poster session

20.30-21.30:  Dinner 


Saturday 7 February 2015

10.00-10.30: Registrations

10.30-12.00: First Session-Bears and transport infrastructure

  • - Dr. F. Balesteros (Oso Pardo, Spain): “Connecting bears in North-western Spain: infrastructure and habitat defragmentation”
  • - Dr. A. Mertens (LIFE STRADE, Italy): “Development of an innovative system to prevent road kills in central Italy”
  • - Mrs. N. Voumvoulaki (Egnatia Odos S.A., Greece): "Bear protection measures for existing motorway"
  • - Dr. Y. Mertzanis (Callisto, Greece): “The combined use of telemetry to mitigate highway KA45 functioning as a deadly barrier for brown bears in the region of W. Macedonia”

12.00-12.20: Coffee Break

12.20-13.50: Second session- Minimising human-bear conflicts (Part A)

  • - Mr. I. Trewby (LIFE Connect Carpathians): “Enhancing landscape connectivity for brown bear in Romania”
  • - Dr. A. Mazzatenta (Teramo University, Italy ) “'Large carnivore damages prevention: from traditional system to behavioural neuroscience'”
  • - Dr. S. Ribeiro (Grupo Lobo, Portugal): "Using Livestock Guarding Dogs to prevent large carnivore damages: examples from Portugal "
  • - Dr. Al. Giannakopoulos (Callisto, Greece): “Conservation measures to improve the conditions of bear-human coexistence: the example of Livestock Guarding Dogs”

13.50-15.00: Lunch

15.00-16.30: Second Session-Minimising human-bear conflicts (Part B)

  • - Dr. El. Tsingarska (Balkani Wildlife Society, Bulgaria):  “The experience of promoting human-bear coexistence in Bulgaria”
  • - Dr. Y. Mertzanis (Callisto, Greece): “Contribution of the Bear Emergency Team operation in the establishment of a national problem bear management protocol”
  • - Dr N. Karaiskou  and Dr. Al. Triantafyllidis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece): “Non-invasive genetic monitoring of brown bear in Kastoria region” 
  • - Dr. F. Striglioni (LIFE PLUTO, Italy): “A strategy against the use of poison baits”

16.30-16.50: Coffee Break

16.50-18.00: Third Session - Bear Conservation and Community Participation 

  • - Mr. Ch. Mouratidis (ANKAS, Greece): “Analysis of attitudes/behaviors of the residents of the LIFE ARCTOS/KASTORIA project area regarding the coexistence with bears”
  • - Dr. A. Chovardas (University of Cyprus, Cyprus): “Stakeholder engagement in managing bear-human conflicts”
  • - Mrs I. Bousiaki (Communication Expert, Greece): Delivering the bear-human coexistence message. Experience gained through LIFE ARCTOS KASTORIA project. 

18.00-18.30: Fourth  Session- Presentation of other LIFE projects

  • - Mr. Ch. Georgiadis (LIFE "ForOpenForests", Greece): “Conservation of priority forests and forest openings in "Ethnikos Drymos Oitis" and "Oros Kallidromo" of Sterea Ellada”

19.30-20.30: Dinner 


Sunday 8 February 2015

9.00-11.30: Field Trip

11.30: Departure to Macedonia Airport and to Thessaloniki




The duration of each presentation will be 20 minutes. A 10 minute period is provided for questions and discussion at the end of each session.



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With the contribution of the LIFE financial instrument of the European Community

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