Project to update the Management Plan for the Wolf Population

 

The project on updating the Management Plan for the Wolf Population in Finland was launched in September 2018. The new plan should be ready for adoption in spring 2019. In particular, the plan adopted in 2015 is to be updated with regard to the implementation procedures.

Among the key objectives of the project is to build trust between the stakeholders in questions related to wolves. The aim is also to enhance stakeholders’ confidence in the management, regulation and monitoring of the wolf population. In the update of the Management Plan for the Wolf Population the focus is on actions by which conflicts related to wolves can be resolved. The collaborative effort is also hoped to create new ideas of how damages caused by wolves can be reduced and the sense of security of people living in areas also inhabited by wolves increased.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry has appointed a working group to prepare for this work and a steering group to guide the process. The project was launched by a seminar on 28 September, where the members of the working and steering groups told about the key questions to be addressed. The working group should give proposals to the steering group concerning experiments to be made already during the project as well as amendments and additions to be made to the present management plan.

With 59 concrete measures and 9 different kinds of projects, the Management Plan for the Wolf Population in Finland adopted in 2015 is an adaptive tool for population management. The management plan aims to reconcile the needs of wolves and their protection with the needs of people living and operating in wolf territories. The plan also responds to the international obligations concerning Finland.

On this website you will find presentation materials and information on the update of the Management Plan for the Wolf Population.

Read more about the management plans for large carnivores and the plans currently in force.

Management Plan for the Wolf Population in Finland (in Finnish)

Decision on the appointment of the working groups (in Finnish)