Development of the workshop ‘Brown bear and transport infrastructure: impacts and potential mitigation measures’

Within the framework of the LIFE SAFE CROSSING project, a workshop was held on 17 and 18 April on the impact of transport infrastructure on brown bear populations (Ursus arctos) in the Pyrenees and Cantabrian Mountains and potential mitigation measures. The purpose of the workshop was to share the project’s results with local experts and increase awareness of this issue at the local level.

On the first day, presentations describedthe projects results and experiences related to this species in the Pyrenees and the Cantabrian Mountains. They were given by professionals from the Generalitat of Catalonia, the Conselh Generau d’Aran, the ‘Oso Pardo’ Foundation, and the French Biodiversity Office (OFB). The second day was focused on monitoring of the Pyrenean population. One of the sampling areas was visited and camera traps were put in place to identify potential bear crossing points on roads.

This workshop was organized by MINUARTIA as a partner of the LIFE SAFE CROSSING project, which aims to reduce the risk of roadkills of large European carnivores, with the collaboration of Conselh Generau d’Aran, theGeneralitat of Catalonia, the ‘Oso Pardo’ Foundation, and the French Biodiversity Office.