C4. Compensation and prevention programme

C4. Compensation and prevention programme for depredated livestock

Еxpected results: 

An estimated 100 cases of livestock deaths by wild predators to be investigated, and as a result, up to 100 farmers will be compensated for loss of livestock with provision of up to 100 sheep, goats and when necessary guarding dogs to assist with herd protection. 

An estimated 100 farmers in Kresna SPA and Kresna – Ilindentsi pSCI will be aware of the risk of accidental poisoning of endangered raptors, and are more sensitive to nature conservation considerations when they manage their herds to avoid wild predators' attacks. 

An estimated 500 farmers will take the necessary measures to prevent depredation of their livestock, and therefore human/ predator conflict within project target area will be reduced with some 60 %. This will lead to a directly equivalent reduction and prevention in illegal poison bait use that risks accidental poisoning of endangered species. 

Achieved results so far: 

FWFF have compensated 53 farmers for 2013.  Over a month lasting campaign of the Compensation Program, FWFF team successfully has recognized 7 target villages and has donated to farmers 26 sheep, 35 goats and 26 guarding dogs.

 

 The total number of beneficiary farmers from the 2013.

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218 farmers were supported by the Program, they are now much more aware of the project and our mission. The trust we have created between them and FWFF team makes us much more influential in changing the attitudes.  Farmers frequently call for vultures’ observation and when there is available carcass to transport on vultures’ restaurant. 

The article with a title HOW TO AVOID DEPREDATION ON LIVESTOCK BY WOLF – THEORIES AND TESTS Emilian STOYNOV¹, Atanas GROZDANOV², Stamen STANCHEV¹, Hristo PESHEV¹, Nadia VANGELOVA¹, Danielo PESHEV² is being in press by the Bulgarian Journal of Agricultural Science. Very soon it will be published on FWFF web page. 

The article is a work based on 9 years  data and over 300 protocols. 

As the article has shown, the shifting to rear of bigger livestock is the major successful way to some farmers, who breed sheep and goat in mountain terrain with very high wolf population number.  FWFF team has influenced  2 major sheep breeders (over 200 animals) to shift to cattle and thus stop their loss from predators’ attacks. They seem to be  successful demonstration for other farmers. 

The Compensation Program of FWFF attracts media attention. The project was acknowledged in the January issue of the LIFE Newsletter. Link kam statijata