Cross-border cooperation and ecosystem services in the long-term preservation of large carnivores populations in the northern Dinarides

is the full name of the project, which has officially begun on September 1st, 2018

The coexistence of humans and large carnivores in the northern Dinarides goes back to a far past, it is a heritage that is still to be built. Partners in the project will invest their expertise and enthusiasm to make the coexistence of people and large carnivores in the northern Dinaric region even more successful.

Project budget

The co-financing of the project is guaranteed under the program Interreg V-A Slovenia-Croatia. The project worth € 2,347,340 will run for 30 months, until the end of February 2021.


To improve the preservation of large carnivores: lynx, wolf, and bears, and make better conditions for people to coexist with them.


Areas Natura 2000: Javorniki-Snežnik and Notranjski trikotnik in Slovenia, Gorski kotar and northern Lika in Croatia.


Improving transboundary management of large carnivores through:

  • Establishment of inter-institutional cooperation
  • Harmonization of wolf and lynx populations research
  • Joint analysis of habitat connectivity
  • Joint evaluation of ecosystem services from large carnivores

Improve the relationship between people and large carnivores through education, prevention measures other activities through:

  • Agricultural good practices
  • Electrical fences to prevent damage
  • Guard dogs
  • An active signalization for roads
  • A shelter for abandoned lynx cubs
  • Bear-safe waste bins
  • Measures for directing visits
  • Establishment of an awareness-raising center for large carnivores in Pivka
In awareness-raising center in Pivka we will place an interactive exhibition on the topic of large carnivores and coexistence of humans and large carnivores.

The Center will be the central point of the Slovenian and Croatian Dinaric space for displaying and spreading all the tools and knowledge about large carnivores as well as guiding visitors across the entire Northern Dinarides.

Interactive exhibition
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