The project managed and monitored brown bear populations in the northern Dinarides and southeastern Alps. Overall, there has been a 43% reduction in sheep attacks, while the number of bears hit by traffic is also down by a quarter. Human-bear conflicts have also decreased, while attitudes towards bears have improved in the partner countries of Croatia, Italy, Austria and Slovenia.
Another outcome of the project was the inclusion of spatial requirements for bears in environmental impact assessment studies and the identification of key habitat areas for connectivity. Public authority experts were additionally trained in bear monitoring, damage assessment and damage prevention using non-lethal measures. Finally, more than 70 companies, which produce over 100 products and services applied for the bear-friendly label in Slovenia and Croatia, and nearly 90 000 items received the label.
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