As the relevant EU bodies have repeatedly confirmed, there is no need to amend environmental objectives and directives: from now on we have to focus on implementation. However, this opinion advocates improving the balance between conflict species and human activity. For this we have to focus on avoiding conflicts and knowing how to manage them. The lack of long term planning or a management plan jeopardises both the preservation of protected species and human life and property. As is stated in the directives, avoiding conflicts and/or damages warrants preventive measures. This in turn requires a carefully developed management plan at national, regional or local level.
We have to make full use of EU funds that support preventive measures; however, efficient wildlife management also offers a solution in handling current conflicts, as it contributes to preserving biodiversity. Traditional agricultural activity is still alive in underdeveloped regions, so it is particularly important that both national authorities and the EU identify, recognise and support its potential.
- 1st discussion and adoption in ENVE on 22 November 2017
- Final adoption in Plenary session of 31 January 2018