|Project name:||Protection and management of brown bears' population in northern Dinarides and Alps|
|Project identification:||LIFE DINALP BEAR LIFE13 NAT/SI/000550|
|Project Leading Partner: Slovenia Forest Service, Slovenia|
|Project Objective: Monitoring, management and conservation of brown bears’ population in the northern Dinarides and south-east Alps. The objectives of the projects, for which Autocesta Rijeka-Zagreb d.d. is responsible primarily refer to increasing traffic safety and improving the impact of the motorway on the environment, therefore through the specific project activities the enclosed corridor is additionally closed for approach of animals, and systematic solving of emergency situations with animals on the road is implemented. Activities within this project are divided into seven preparatory activities and 10 specific protection activities, 3 follow-up monitoring activities through which the impact of implemented specific actions will be monitored as well as 6 activities for raising public awareness and project promotion. The most important among specific actions aimed at the preservation of brown bears in the northern part of the Dinaric mountain range and the Alps is determining the size of population in Croatia and Slovenia based on the genetic analysis. Measures for mitigating the situations in which a conflict between bears and the local population might occur will also be implemented, as well as the measures for prevention of incidents on the motorway (60 km of electric fence, pop-out ramps, one-sided exit doors for animals etc.), also within the framework of the project an emergency team for motorways will be created.|
|Justification: In addition to the large share in overall fatalities, bear hits in traffic represent important indirect dangers for bears: (1) collisions of vehicles and bears are a significant factor of traffic safety risk, thus contributing to the conflict between bears and people and can intensify a generally positive public attitude concerning this animal; (2) bear hits in traffic affect a certain age group (mostly young bears, both female and male) and this affects the demographic structure of the population as well as its growth potential.
Contracted part of the project to be implemented by Autocesta Rijeka-Zagreb d.d. amounts to 3,821,424 kn, 2.751.428 kn (72%) of which refers to non-repayable EU grants.
|1 July, 2014 to 30 June, 2019|
|Project Value:||5.987.478,00 EUR|
|Co-financing:||Project was co-financed by the European Union from LIFE+ programme|
|Bojan Vivoda, Chief Engineer for Geotechnics and Environmental Protection
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