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International conference in Kastoria about brown bears on 6 and 7 February

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International conference on "Transport infrastructure and other types of bear-human conflicts» ("Transport infrastructure and other categories of bear-human conflicts") will be held in Kastoria on 6 and 7 February. The conference, which takes place within the project LIFE ARCTOS KASTORIA, participating scientists, both from Greece and other European countries, which have been involved in the study and management of bears. Also, other LIFE project partners will carry their own experience from other areas and will present successful ways of resolving conflicts between wildlife and people. Monitoring of the conference is free.
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The conference program is:

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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