CONGRESS TOPICS

KEY TOPIC: Wildlife: Coexistence or Opposite?

The topics of IUGB 2019 cover modern-day themes and concepts:

  • Wildlife – human conflict and its mitigation;
  • Predator-prey relationships and carnivore management;
  • Wildlife and human-induced global climate change;
  • Waterfowl Harvest Management;
  • Avian population dynamics in agricultural and forested landscapes;
  • Genetic structure and diversity of wildlife;
  • Wildlife health surveillance and man-made environmental hazards;
  • Invasive alien species: management and attitudes;
  • Wildlife habitat management and behavioural ecology;
  • Wildlife corridors and connectivity;
  • Estimating wildlife populations: methodology issues;

Workshops:

  1. Towards Sustainable Management of Wild Boar Populations: facing ASF in Europe”

Topics:

  • Disease risk and overabundance: the case of wild boar;
  • Risk analysis for ASF: need for population data;
  • Estimating wild boar populations: practical methodology issues (ENETWILD practical short guidance)
  • Ungulate game (with emphasis on wild boar) hunting data collection frameworks across Europe: harmonizing the way data is collected in order to be comparable and shared;
  • Standards developed by ENETWILD for wild boar distribution and abundance across Europe (applicable to other ungulates in the USA;
  • Towards integral and coordinated management of wild boar in Europe: ecological, technical, social, economic and political aspects
  1. Adaptive Management of Wildlife Species

Topics:

  • Problem framing (specification of objectives, actions, models, and monitoring)
  • Value of Information analyses
  • Specifications of model uncertainty
  • Monitoring in the context of adaptive management (needs, designs, partial observability)
  • Approaches to learning (passive vs. active, balancing performance and learning, time horizons and discounting)
  • Optimization methods
  • Human dimensions in adaptive management (stakeholder engagement, governance)
  • Challenges and barriers to implementation of adaptive management
  • Institutional learning (double and triple loop learning)
  • Case studies in adaptive management of game populations
  1. Problems and Prospects for Beaver Management across the Anthropogenic Landscape
    (Chaired by Prof. Peter Busher)
    This workshop will bring together participants interested in issues involving beaver biology and management. The relatively rapid expansion of beavers across the Holarctic region in the late 20thcentury (after local extinctions in the 19thcentury) creates the need for better understanding of the beaver-human relationship.
    Areas of discussion:

    1. How to best estimate beaver population size and carrying capacity;
    2. The role of geomorphology and hydrology in beaver management;
    3. Regional/country beaver management issues;
    4. Beavers and ecosystem services;
    5. Beavers and biodiversity;
    6. Beavers and other game species;
    7. Beaver management policy: county vs. EU perspectives;
    8. Beaver ecology and management;
    9. Other areas of interest to participants.