Stockholm university

Research project Reaching a sustainable human – carnivore coexistence in a socio-environmental landscape

Conflict between humans and wildlife

Figure 1: The management of wolves (Canis lupus) is heavily debated in Italy and Sweden
Figure 1: The management of wolves (Canis lupus) is heavily debated in Italy and Sweden, photo: https://www.wildsweden.com/about/facts-about-wolves

Humans and wildlife have coexisted for centuries but conflicts have increased over recent decades (Fig. 1). Little is known about the geospatial patterns of underlying factors of these conflicts, particularly with carnivores, and how strongly socio-economic aspects play a role.

Project description

By applying an interdisciplinary approach, we intend to map human-carnivore conflicts on a landscape scale, with case study sites in Sweden, Italy and Tanzania and with a particular emphasis on wolves (Canis lupus, Fig. 1) and hyaenas (Crocuta crocuta, Fig. 2).

 

Spotted hyaenas (Crocuta crocuta) are a predator species in Tanzania

Figure 2: Spotted hyaenas (Crocuta crocuta) are a predator species in Tanzania, photo: https://hyena-project.com/hyenas/02_13_hyenas-species_spotted-hyena_red_c/

Our objectives are to (i) understand socio-economic and environmental drivers that impact human-carnivore conflict occurrence and dynamics, (ii) identifying geospatial patterns and (iii) examine the success of selected mitigation measures.

In close collaboration with local project partners, we will conduct surveys and interviews with various stakeholders involved. Furthermore, we use data on conflict occurrences, wildlife population trends and movement patterns as well as socio-ecological drivers to understand the dynamics between human and wildlife land use over space and time. Finally, we draw a landscape of acceptance in the human-dominated land around protected areas helping us to predict conflict hotspots.

Project members

Project managers

Anna Treydte

Universitetslektor, docent

Department of Physical Geography
anna treydte and grace nchimbi in arusha

Members

Ronja Alexandra Kraus

PhD Student

Department of Physical Geography
Profile Picture 1 Ronja Kraus

Anna Treydte

Universitetslektor, docent

Department of Physical Geography
anna treydte and grace nchimbi in arusha