WildlifeNL consists of a broad consortium of societal and scientific partners. The goal is to generate practice-relevant outcomes through conducting applied research. This is done in close cooperation within the consortium. In doing so, WildlifeNL also hopes to contribute to reducing the distance between science and practice.
The project takes 8 years, and is divided into 4 phases:
- Years 1-3: jointly describing the context of current wildlife management and determining the focus of the study
- Years 2-5: understanding by gaining new knowledge in different subfields
- Year 4-6: innovate and experiment (following the new insights gained)
- Years 6-8: transform and integrate knowledge and explore opportunities for scaling up
The project is currently in its first phase. This phase is mainly focused on setting up the collaboration between all partners in the consortium. The activities in this phase consist mainly of workshops,. The aim of these workshops is to work with all consortium partners to map current fauna management and the current handling of large grazers, to identify problems and obstacles, and to reflect together on the use of the research. The aim is to discuss with the consortium the starting points of the project and identify opportunities for change. This is input for the second phase in which the research questions will be further developed.
What are the current social paradigms underlying human-animal interactions and what possible alternative, non-dualistic, paradigms about human-animal interactions can be identified?
How are values and conflicts related to human and animal behavior, how are they distributed in space, and what are the inequalities associated with them?
Photo header: Ruud Maaskant, PWN