Conserving Large Carnivores in Europe: How Much Wild Can We Fit into Human-Dominated Landscapes?
Virtual seminar presented by Dr. John Linnell, Norwegian Institute for Nature Research
Abstract: Large carnivores have been recovering in Europe for the last 50 years. There are currently 17.000 brown bears, 17.000 wolves, 8.000 Eurasian lynx, and 1.000 wolverines sharing space with 500 million humans in a landscape that has almost been totally transformed by human activity for millennia. This talk will introduce the audience to this remarkable conservation success story, and discuss the key question of how much “wild” it is possible to integrate into human-dominated landscapes. It will touch on issues such as species ecology, political science and human-wildlife conflict, as well as examining which conservation paradigms are most useful for these contexts.
Bio: Dr. John Linnell is a senior researcher at the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research and a professor at the Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences. His research on the relationship between large carnivores and people has been along multiple disciplinary lines, including ecology, anthropology, sociology, and legal studies