ACTION C.6 – Implementation and promotion of the non-consumptive use of brown bears

Ecotourism is increasingly providing important economic opportunities for local communities in brown bear core area and as such has a high potential for enhancing brown bear value for public appreciation and small-scale ecotourism. Moreover, it gives an opportunity to educate people about mechanisms behind human-bear conflicts and ways to reduce them. Bear watching is already taking place in Slovenia and Croatia but since it is not supervised or organized in a systematic way, it can cause even negative impacts on bears. For this reason, we need to develop and implement guidelines for responsible use of brown bears in ecotourism. The action is designed to directly address threats related to the low tolerance of bears by the local inhabitants of the core area; however, we expect that it will help raising public awareness about the bear conservation at the European level. As well as ecotourism also the use of “bear-friendly” sign gives additional symbolical value to bears and subconsciously influences public’s minds to think about the bear in a different way – as a useful tool for promotion. The use of such sign will be linked with correct preventive measures used in farming and in such a way promoting it. Use of similar signs is known to positively affect attitudes of local residents involved in farming and reduce human-bear conflicts.

 

Recommendations for legal regulation of bear-watching activities – Posvet Medved kot vrednota v turizmu (in SLO)

Bookmark – Discover Dinarics info card (in English)

Bookmark – Discover Dinarics info card (in French)

Leaflet – Discover Dinarics (in SLO, ENG, CRO, GER, ITA, and FR)

Leaflet – Support bear friendly products

Non-consumptive use of brown bears in tourism: guidelines for responsible practices

Leaflet – “Bear Friendly” (in Slovenian)

Leaflet – “Bear Friendly” (in Croatian)

Analysis of hunting organizations questionnaire

 

Latest C.6 actions:

Day of the Bear Ecotourism

The workshop „Day of the Bear Ecotourism“ was held on Saturday 19 March 2016 in Risnjak National Park in Crni [...]

March 29th, 2016|Activities, C, C6 Ecotourism, Ecotourism, News|

Guidelines for responsible implemenation of bear related tourism are ready

We have prepared the Guidelines for responsible non-consumptive use of bears in tourism with the aim to introduce the concept [...]

February 2nd, 2016|Activities, C, C6 Ecotourism, Ecotourism, News|

You can now register your »Bear Friendly« products

Forms through which you can apply for »Bear friendly« label are now available on our project web site. The »Bear [...]

January 25th, 2016|Activities, C, C6 Ecotourism, Ecotourism, News|

Bear Day

Saturday, 23st of January,  we will organize the Bear Day - an educational seminar about non-consumptive use of bears for [...]

December 31st, 2015|Activities, C, C6 Ecotourism, Ecotourism, News|

First bear friendly products are here

Recently, bear friendly label was developed, aimed for farmers, local companies and craftsmen contributing to coexistence between bears and humans [...]

November 13th, 2015|Activities, C, C6 Ecotourism, Ecotourism, News|

»Bear Friendly« label

We have prepared the »Bear friendly« label, that can be used by livestock breeders, beekeepers, fruit growers and other farmers [...]

October 13th, 2015|C6 Ecotourism, Ecotourism|