The European Parliament supports the realization of a more practical approach and flexible for the conservation of nature, recognizing that some populations of large carnivores, such as wolves, no longer meet the necessary requirements to continue with a strict protection under the rules of the EU, thanks to the efforts in their conservation and management have been positive.
Thus, by the resolution action Plan for nature, people and the economy, voted in a majority for the european parliament, we may change the protection status of the species, when they have reached a favourable conservation status.
This has been a news long awaited by some regions and member states of the European Union (EU) that have seen a significant increase in populations of large carnivores, which is causing conflicts with the rural communities, especially farmers.
Ludwig Willnegger, secretary general of FACE (the European Federation of Associations for Hunting and Conservation), has stressed that this resolution of the European Parliament “reaffirms the success” of the conservation of the nature of the EU, in particular with respect to large carnivores. “Now, FACE, asks the European Commission to listen to the llamaniento of the European Parliament to develop and implement an assessment procedure for populations of certain species that have achieved a favourable conservation status”.
For its part, the mep Karl-Heinz Florenz, president of the European Parliament Intergroup on Biodiversity, Hunting and Field, stressed after the vote on this resolution that this Parliament “shows that it takes seriously the concerns of the citizens of the rural areas”, adding that they have asked the Commission to take measures to “alleviate the conflicts of coexistence with large carnivores, and especially with the wolf, in certain regions”.
The mep Herbert Dorfmann, European people’s Party, emphasized the importance of giving local authorities more flexibility in the management of the wolf. “This vote is a milestone in the debate about the wolf in the European Parliament. For the first time, a large majority of meps has been recognized that the protection of the wolf should not be absolute and that the development of other sectors, such as traditional agriculture and tourism, are at least equally important. The wolf is classified in the Habitats Directive as species in need of strict protection. In many places, as in the Alps, now there are populations of wolves stable and no longer in danger of extinction. Therefore, the protection of the wolf must be adapted to the local conditions”.