Preliminary Conference Program

Training sessions on human dimensions of wildlife and human-wildlife conflicts

As in previous Pathways Conferences, we will host several workshops that address current issues and methods in the field of human dimensions of wildlife. We are looking forward to welcoming interesting speakers from around the globe. Participating in the workshops is free of charge, and you can sign-up for the workshops during the registration process. Some of the workshops are designed to have smaller crowds and hence have limited capacity. Should the demand exceed capacity, we will try to accommodate you by offering additional slots, but this depends on the availability of the trainers/presenters.

Saturday, September 15

14:00 - 18:00

Das Konzept "Human Dimensions of Wildlife" - eine Einführung (in German)
Eick von Ruschkowski, Alfred Toepfer Academy for Nature Conservation
Maximum capacity: 40 participants

This workshop is aimed at conference participants from the German-speaking countries where the concept of human dimensions and conservation social science is rather underrepresented in the management of natural resources and wildlife. It is intended to give an overview of the concept, current relevant issues and helps you to prepare for the conference. Target audience are both scientists and practitioners as we will look at several case-specific issues in German large protected areas and about the management of Natura 2000. A preference will be given to early career scientists and managers and those who wish to participate in the all-day livestock protection workshop on Sunday, Sept. 16.

14:00 - 18:00

Human Dimensions Tools - Collaborative Approaches on Wildlife Management
Alistair Bath, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada
Maximum capacity: 30 particpants

Alistair Bath is a professor in geography with a focus on quantitative social research and sociobiology related to parks and protected areas management. He has research and teaching experience on both sides of the Atlantic. As a member of the IUCN Large Carnivore Initiative for Europe Species Group, he has conducted numerous research projects throughout Europe focused on human dimensions in wolf, brown bear and lynx management issues. Dr. Bath actively applies the human dimensions facilitated workshop approach which he has developed, and has implemented it in Croatia to get diverse interest groups to reach consensus on wolf and lynx management plans. The workshop will focus on the methodology of the facilitated workshop approach.

Sunday, September 16

8:00 - 16:00

Large Carnivores and Livestock Protection - Hands-On Workshop
Hosted by the EU LIFE Project EuroLargeCarnivores
Maximum Capacity: 40 participants

Enabling co-existence between carnivores and livestock is one of the biggest challenges in the human-wildlife conflict context. This full-day workshop will actually take place on the premises of a nearby livestock operation in the Harz region. English and German translation will be provided to participants. The objective is to discuss the challenges of maintaining proper livestock protection against carnivores in difficult terrain, both through fencing or guard dogs. Participants will also be provided with a hands-on experience in installing proper electric fencing. You will be trained to build such a fence with proper equipment in this workshop in order to gain knowledge and experience in this important management tool. This training is an all-day outdoor program, so please bring proper shoes and clothing. Transportation between the hotel and the training location will be provided.

9:00 - 13:00

Transforming Complex, Deep-Rooted Conflict: An Orientation Workshop
Francine Madden, Center for Conservation Peacebuilding
Maximum Capacity: 20 participants

Do you have a complex conservation challenge? Is social conflict complicating or impeding your efforts to create positive change? Have you been wondering what Conservation Conflict Transformation (CCT) is all about? This workshop is your chance to get orientated to the theory, principles, and practice of CCT! The Center for Conservation Peacebuilding (CPeace, formerly the Human-Wildlife Conflict Collaboration) offers capacity-building workshops at both 'fundamentals' and 'advanced' levels; each workshop is typically 5 days. This Pathways Europe workshop will provide an introduction to CCT, which draws from diverse disciplines ranging from neurology, psychology, and anthropology to behavioral economics, systems practice, and complexity science. This workshop will also give you an opportunity to explore whether and how CCT is applicable to your conservation challenge and why addressing the deep-rooted, underlying issues of social conflicts around wildlife and conservation issues may be critical to creating a path toward lasting solutions that benefit people and wildlife.

Around the world, conservation conflicts, including so-called "human-wildlife conflicts," are detrimental to livelihoods, community way of life, and conservation efforts alike. (Often, these are conflicts between people about wildlife.) Regardless of where they occur, social conflicts around conservation issues can erode efforts to promote shared wins between communities, conservationists, and governments. If deep-rooted conflicts are not sufficiently reconciled through strategic process and relationship changes, conservation efforts stall, fail, or regress-or they ultimately falter from the unintended consequences resulting from conservation "wins." CCT provides a way of thinking about, understanding, and addressing such conflicts. In this workshop, CPeace will outline the basics of CCT, giving you an opportunity to explore how it could be applied to your efforts.

As the pioneer and global leader in CCT, CPeace has a proven track record in leading and empowering CCT-integration efforts in a variety of conflicts and at different scales. Originally known as the Human-Wildlife Conflict Collaboration (HWCC), the organization formed in 2006 based on recommendations from conservation, community engagement, and peacebuilding professionals seeking a better way to address intractable conflicts in wildlife conservation. Since then, CPeace has worked to harness, develop, and improve upon best practices, and apply them in ways that have supported thousands of stakeholders, leaders, and practitioners in their efforts to prevent and reconcile conflict. Join us in this workshop to explore how CCT may be of service to you, too!

14:00 - 17:00

Barries to incorporating human dimensions into HWC research
Simon Pooley, Birkbeck University of London, United Kingdom
Maximum Capacity: 30 participants

This workshop is aimed at researchers and scientists, specifically with a background in natural resources, who might find it challenging to address human dimensions components in their research. The workshop facilitator, who is a distinguished researcher in applied herpetology, will give his views on how to overcome actual or perceived obstacles when research has to deal not only with wildlife, but also human beings in conservation contexts. This seminar will be extremely valuable for early (and later) career scientists who always wanted to get involved in human dimensions and are looking for an access opportunity to an "how to-" approach.

14:00 - 17:00

Increasing human dimensions capacity among protected area and wildlife managers
Tom Fish, National Coordinator, Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit, U.S. National Park Service, Washington, D.C., USA
Maximum Capacity: 30 participants

Many protected area and wildlife managers are overwhelmed when they first encounter the concept of human dimensions. This training is aimed at providing valuable insights for those who are (or will be in charge) of setting up such programs, often against very limited budget availability. The instructor, who is a trained marine biologist with human dimensions experience in North America, Southeast Asia, and Mediterranean countries, will provide participants with an overview of management frameworks, human dimensions issues and how to address them in any given work environment by using case studies from around the globe, both in terrestrial and marine environments. Program design, implementation and evaluation will be addressed. In addition, one focus will also lie on the topic of addressing gender equity and inclusion in the conservation workforce - very important issues that cannot be neglected when looking at internal questions of human dimensions in both the governmental and non-governmental sectors.


Registration Desk open


Welcome Reception
Welcoming remarks by the organizers
Welcome addresses:

  • N.N. (Deputy Mayor of the City of Goslar)
  • Michael Manfredo, Colorado State University
  • Heribert Hofer, IZW
  • Christoph Heinrich, WWF

Day-Capper (tbd):
Followed by appetizers/drinks and historic city walk

Plenary and Concurrent Parallel Sessions / Workshops

Monday, September 17, 2018

6:30 - 8:30

(Registration desk opens at 7:00 a.m.)

8:30 -10:00

Conference Opening and Plenary Session

  • Welcome Message by the Lower Saxon Minister of the Environment, Energy, Building and Climate Protection - Olaf Lies
  • Attitudes towards conservation and their consequences for 21st century conservation management - Beate Jessel
  • Human and wildlife co-existence challenges in Europe: How can we develop perspectives for better integration into policies and management actions / For a better integration of human dimensions into Natura 2000 management - Humberto Delgado Rosa
  • Video message by the EU Commissioner of Environment and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella
  • General discussion with questions from the audience


Coffee Break


Concurrent Parallel Sessions and Workshops A



13:00- 13:45

Plenary Intervention
Alistair Bath, Professor in Geography, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada
Honest answers, interest-driven knowledge and feedback to study subjects: Current practices vs. best practices in studying the human dimensions of wildlife


Concurrent Parallel Sessions and Workshops B


Coffee Break


Concurrent Parallel Sessions and Workshops C


Poster & Pasta Session (with appetizers/drinks)

End of Day 1

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

6:30 - 8:30


Plenary Session

8:30- 10:00

Catherine Hill, Professor in Anthropology, Oxford Brookes University
Accelerating understanding and improving management of human-wildlife conflict by applying an anthropological perspective


Coffee Break


Concurrent Parallel Sessions and Workshops D




Plenary impulse

Maria Johansson, Professor in Environmental Psychology, Lund University, Sweden
The emotional appraisal of wildlife populations: Fear, interventions to reduce fear, and their management implications


Concurrent Parallel Sessions and Workshops E


Coffee Break


Concurrent Parallel Sesssions and Workshops F


Day Capper

Bram Büscher, Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Sociology of Development and Change Group, Wageningen University, Netherlands
The Conservation Revolution: Radical Ideas for Saving Nature beyond the Anthropocene

End of Day 2 (Enjoy your free evening in the old town of Goslar!)

Stakeholder Day

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 -

In today's programme, we are expecting additional participation in the conference from interested stakeholder groups such as land owners and conservation managers, livestock owners, hunters and anglers - made possible by the EU LIFE Project "Euro Large Carnivores." Expect lively discussions between practitioners and scientists.

6:30 - 8:30


8:30 - 10:00

Plenary Stakeholder Session - presented by the EU LIFE Project Euro Large Carnivores
Challenges for human-wildlife co-existence in Europe - Stakeholder involvement and community-based approaches in conservation

Two plenary impulses (15 minutes each)

  • Impulse 1: The Lynx Parliament at Palatinate Forest, Germany -
    Jochen Krebühl, Stiftung Natur und Umwelt Rheinland-Pfalz
  • Impulse 2: tbd
    Followed by panel discussion with the audience.


Coffee Break


Concurrent Parallel Sessions and Workshops G



Plenary Intervention


Alexandra Zimmermann, Chair of the IUCN SSC Human-Wildlife Conflict Task Force; Head of Conservation Science at Chester Zoo; Research Fellow at WildCRU, Oxford University
Key Principles for Understanding and Mitigating Human-Wildlife Conflicts


Concurrent Parallel Sessions and Workshops H


Coffee Break


Panel Discussion

Solutions to human-wildlife conflicts in Europe - What lessons can we learn from other parts of the world?


  • Alexandra Zimmermann, IUCN SSC Human-Wildlife Conflict Task Force, UK
  • Margaret Kinnaird, Wildlife Practice, WWF International, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Virat Singh, Special Correspondant, Daily News and Analysis, Mumbai, India
  • Jochen Krebühl, Stiftung Natur und Umwelt Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany (tbd)
  • Maria Johansson, Lund University, Sweden

Goslar Declaration
Resolution on the better integration of human dimensions into conservation management in Europe and call to legislators/decision makers to address funding and research needs


Conference Dinner

Dinner Presentation:
Jennifer Croes, Conservation Scientist and Communicator, Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia
How Storytelling provides appropriate narratives for human - wildlife - conflict solution scenarios

End of Day 3 (Conference ends)

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