The Center of the Iberian Wolf of Robledo de Sanabria hosts from yesterday until next Sunday, a conference under the title ‘Management and conservation of the wolf in north America and Europe. An unresolved conflict’, which seeks to become a forum of discussion for all those interested in this iconic species around the world. The congress counted with the participation of Dr. L. David Mech, of the University of Minnesota (USA), considered today the greatest expert on the species at the global level. The inscriptions have been exhausted and the congressmen come from fifteen autonomous communities and eleven different countries.
The director of Development and Environment of the Junta de Castilla y León, Juan Carlos Suarez-Quinones, inaugurated yesterday the first International conference on the Management and Conservation of the Wolf in north America and Europe which will run until the 23rd of April and will count with the presence of more than 250 participants, who have exhausted the capacity planned, and with the presence of some of the leading experts from national and international universities, as well as government administrations, institutions and consultants from different countries.
The Congress has been structured in three thematic blocks that seek to cover the areas most representative of the peculiarities of this mammal. In the first block, the wolf and the livestock, it will count with the intervention of the environmental consultant, Luis Llaneza, which will explain the case of the northwest of Spain.
The problem, ecopatología and models of management, constitutes the second thematic block, and will be treated by the prestigious and maximum expert worldwide, Dr. L. David Mech, University of Minnesota, who will explain and deepen the plan of recovery of the wolf in the united States. Also from the Italian University of Tuscia, professor Andrea Amici will explain the experience in the alpine country.
The third block is dedicated to the importance of the species as a resource and as a dynamic element in the territory, and will count with the intervention of the deputy director general of the Natural Environment of the MAPAMA, Miguel Aymerich, who will explain the conservation strategy for large carnivores in Spain.
In addition, the conference will include two lectures, one opening and another closing, ten plenary sessions and a keynote. Also you will have received a total of 32 oral communications and 18 posters.
The image of the wolf in the media will also be discussed during these days by a round table discussion that will count with professional experts in environment and biodiversity that have spent years trying and disseminating information related to this canid.
During the weekend, attendees may also participate in a field visit to the Sierra de la Culebra, a session managing herds, a visit to the Center, and an exhibition of preventive measures against attacks of wolves to livestock. In addition, on Saturday 22 you can observe and know dogs protectors (mastiff Spanish), a collection of carlancas, fences special and traditional, fences electrified, and the brigades of animal control, among others.
Data of interest about the Congress
Throughout these days will be a total of 60 presentations and interventions. The origin of the participants is from eleven countries.
The congressmen from the united States, Canada, Italy, England, Croatia, Bulgaria, Russia, Portugal, France, Switzerland and Spain. In the case of Spain, fifteen are the Autonomous Communities represented.
The Congress is organized by the Junta de Castilla y León, University of León and the Fundación Patrimonio Natural, in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Food and the Environment and WAVES International.