Human - Wildlife Initiative
Facilitating the coexistence of wildlife and human activities
Natural areas host many economic and recreational activities that can interact with wildlife. Good cohabitation between humans and wildlife requires a harmonious sharing of the territory and resources, so that biodiversity can flourish while allowing the smooth running of human activities. This issue of coexistence also arises in France in the southern Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (PACA) region, which, due to its specific geographical and climatic characteristics, has a great diversity of environments and species.
This wealth of fauna in a territory with numerous human activities implies diverse interactions.
In 2020, the Foundation Prince Albert II of Monaco, the French National Council for the Protection of Nature, the Alpes-Maritimes Chamber of Agriculture, the Alpes-Maritimes Hunting Federation and the Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur League for the Protection of Birds have created the Human–Wildlife Initiative (IHF).
This initiative is focused on several species of wildlife found in rural and mountain areas in the PACA region, France : wolves, cervids, wild boars, chamois, bighorn sheep, ibexes, foxes, mustelids, rodents, chiropteans and avifauna in rural and mountain areas.
The aim of the initiative is to put forward innovative and concrete proposals for improving the relationship between wildlife and human activities: agriculture, tourism, hunting, outdoor sports, forest management, etc.
- Adaptation of farming practices to cohabit with wildlife
- Actions focused on the compatibility of outdoor sports and wildlife
- Development of communications tools to promote agrotourism that showcases wildlife
- Study and monitoring of wildlife populations
- Events for schools and/or the general public, meetings with rural stakeholders
A call for projects is opened each year in autumn.