Spanish wolf communities demand in Brussels to reduce wolf protection

Regulation & Compliances
Innovation & Technology
Published Apr 18, 2024

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Regions in Spain known for their wolf populations, including Cantabria, Castilla y León, Asturias, La Rioja, and Andalusia, have appealed to the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) to lower the protection status of wolves from 'strictly protected' to 'protected'. This request aims to enable a more sustainable coexistence among wolves, livestock, and humans by allowing more flexible management practices, including potential exceptions for protecting socioeconomic interests as per the European Habitats Directive. The CoR has approved an opinion supporting these demands, highlighting the challenges of the current strict protection measures on livestock farming, such as increased attacks and economic strains. The regions are seeking EU support for preventive and compensatory measures and a revision of the wolves' protection status to reconcile environmental conservation with agricultural livelihoods.
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Cantabria, Castilla y León and Asturias, called wolf communities in Spain, as well as La Rioja and Andalusia, have asked this Wednesday to lower the protection status of the wolf to guarantee the "sustainable and safe coexistence" of livestock, humans and large carnivores in Europe. The representatives of these autonomous communities defended in the plenary session of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), which takes place this Wednesday and Thursday, the need to change the status of large carnivores from "strictly protected" to "protected", online with what the European Commission (EC) proposed in December. Thus, representatives of the regions and cities of the European Union (EU) have approved in plenary session an opinion that includes these demands. The opinion defends that, when difficulties arise from coexistence with wolves, the prevention and flexibility measures that Community legislation already allows should be prioritized, "especially in the effective use of ...
Source: PEefeagro
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