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Online conference: Building an Alpine-wide web of shepherding organisations

Jan 11, 2022
The return of large carnivores in the Alps has many consequences on alpine farming and on the work and practises of shepherding. CIPRA International invites representatives from shepherding organisations in the Alpine region, representatives from agricultural schools and organisations as well as responsible authorities that have developed curriculums for herders to a virtual conference to discuss needs and opportunities for a cross-border shepherd organisation.
  • Jan 27, 2022 from 04:00 PM to 07:00 PM


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Within the scope of the project ”Knowledge transfer on the co-adaptation of humans and wolves in the Alpine region“, a study was conducted to investigate the potentials and challenges for a cross-border shepherd organisation to master current and future challenges of the shepherding profession and to build transnational support and networking structures for shepherds. Building on the results of this project, CIPRA International invites to a virtual conference.

The conference is made possible through the ”Life Euro Large Carnivores“ project. It will be held only in English. There will be no simultaneous translation. Register below.


For any questions that might arise before and during the conference, feel free to contact .


16:00 Welcome

16:05 Introduction to the Euro Large Carnivores project and the meeting
Raffael Hickisch, WWF, Germany

16:10 Potentials and challenges for a cross-border shepherd organisation in the Alps
Esther Haesen, shepherdess, Switzerland

16:30 An overview of pastoral organisations in France
Thomas Pachoud, Association des Bergères et Bergers des Alpes du Sud et de Provence (ABBASP), France

16:50 Group discussions in breakout rooms and in the plenary

17:40 Break  

17:50 An Erasmus for shepherds - Presenting opportunities to start an Erasmus+ project for shepherds in the Alps  
Manon Wallenberger, CIPRA International, Liechtenstein

18:10 Role and capacity to lobby for the use of CAP funds for shepherding organisations
Katrina Marsden, Adelphi, Germany

18:20 Open rooms for discussion, questions, networking

18:30 Outlook and wrap-up