International Congress 2017

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Presentation

The International Congress on “Wolf Management and Conservation in North America and Europe. An Unresolved Conflict” to be held at the Centro de Lobo Ibérico de Castilla y León (Robledo de Sanabria – Spain) is an event organized by the Junta de Castilla y León, the Fundación Patrimonio Natural de Castilla y León and the universities of León (Spain), Federico II di Napoli (Italy) and Trás os Montes e Alto Douro (Portugal), with the collaboration of WAVES Spain and the Ministry of Agriculture, Fishing, Food and Environment.

It will be held between 20-23 April 2017.

We aim to provide an excellent discussion forum for all those interested in the wolf, as an emblematic species around the world.

With the preliminary program, we encourage you to participate in this Congress by presenting oral communications or posters in relation to the scientific blocks that will be subject to discussion. If you consider it appropriate, you can spread the same among your colleagues and collaborators so that the Congress reaches the success that we wish and are working hard for.

We will be waiting for you at Robledo de Sanabria!.


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Congress agenda

The latest update of the scientific program of the Congress can be downloaded at the following link:

 Congress Agenda (PDF)

The accompanying social program is available at the following link: Accompanying program (PDF)

The schedule and structure of the program is subject to change as deemed appropriate by the Congress organization.

Invited speakers

This Congress brings together speakers of great international and national relevance. Below is a brief summary of their curricula.

Dr. L. David Mech. U.S. Geological Survey (USA).

L. David Mech (“Dave”) is a Senior Research Scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Minnesota. Dave holds a B.S. degree from Cornell University, a Ph.Mr. degree and an honorary doctorate degree from Purdue University. He has published some 450 articles and 11 books.

Dave has studied wolves in Minnesota, Isle Royale, Alaska, Yellowstone, and Ellesmere Island, Canada. He chaired the IUCN Wolf Specialist Group of the World Conservation Union from 1978 to 2013 and is founder and vice chair of the International Wolf Center (www.wolf.org).

Dr. Djuro Huber. University of Zagreb (Croatia).

Since 1981 Djuro Huber is conducting a brown bear study in Croatia, which in 1996 expanded to the “Study of large carnivores in Croatia” and included bear, wolf and lynx. In addition to radio-telemetry, many morphological, physiological, nutritional and genetic aspects are included in the research. So far he was conducting 18 different projects and published 165 scientific papers. He is member of all relevant national and international professional organizations like IUCN SSGs for Bears, Canids, and Veterinary Medicine, International Association for Bear Research and Management, Large Carnivore Initiative for Europe, Wildlife Disease Association. Djuro Huber is currently professor emeritus at Biology Department of the Veterinary Faculty in Zagreb.

Dr. Andrea Amici. University of Tuscia (Italy)

Dr. Andrea Amici has been a University Professor since 1986. His line of research has focused on aspects of animal husbandry production in relation to growing conditions. For more than fifteen years it has concentrated its activities in the field of the wild fauna.

In the last twenty-five years, he has given courses on: anatomy, physiology and morphology of domestic animals, integral breeding techniques in animal breeding, environmental impact of livestock farms, planning and management in livestock and wildlife systems, environmental monitoring and certification…, among many other topics.

At present, he is Coordinator of the Observatory for the Management and Study of Wildlife and, in addition, author of more than 150 papers printed in main Italian and foreign journals.

Dr. Shannon Barber-Meyer. U.S. Geological Survey (USA). (EEUU)

Dr. Shannon Barber-Meyer is a USGS research wildlife biologist implementing the Superior National Forest (Minnesota, USA) Wolf and Deer Project with Dr. L. David Mech.

Prior to joining the USGS, she taught graduate students in Grand Teton National Park, studied tiger conservation in Asia, emperor penguin populations in Antarctica, and elk calf mortality in Yellowstone National Park, and helped reintroduce Mexican gray wolves into the Southwestern United States.

Mr. José Angel Arranz Sanz. Director General for Natural Environment of the Junta de Castilla y León. (Spain)

Forestry Engineer by the Polytechnic University of Madrid, since 1990 he has worked in the Regional Administration of Castilla y León as responsible for several areas related to the conservation and management of protected and natural areas.

For the last 9 years, as Director General, he has been responsible for the management of the wolf in Castilla y Leon, collaborating and promoting the Plan of management of the species in that region and its recent revision. He is part of numerous collegiate and advisory bodies in the field of nature conservation and National Parks.

D. Miguel Aymerich Huyghues-Despointes. Deputy Director General of Natural Environment of the Ministry
of Agriculture, Fishing, Food and Environment (Spain)

Degree in Biology by the Universidad Complutense of Madrid in 1980.

His beginnings as a technician were mainly in the National Park of Doñana, 1986/88. From 1988 to 1996 belonged to the ICONA carrying out work of management and conservation in different Natural Protected Areas.

National expert of the European Commission from 1996 to 1999, destined to the Biodiversity Unit. Since the year 2000 to nowadays Deputy-Director of the Natural Environment of the MAPAMA (Ministry of Agriculture).

Mr. Francisco Javier Muñoz Jiménez. Services Coordinator for the Natural Environment General Direction, Junta de Castilla y León. (Spain)

Forestry Engineer by the Polytechnic University of Madrid (1983). He joined the National Body of Forestry Engineers (1985) and since 1986 has worked in the regional administration of Castilla y León as an officer of the Superior Faculty Corps (Forestry Engineers).

He has been Head of the Hunting and Fishing Service of the General Direction of Natural Environment and Director of the Forestry Plan of Castilla y León. He has also collaborated as a member of the drafting papers on the following projects: Hunting Law, Fishing Law, Forestry Law and Natural Heritage Law of Castilla y León. He is currently Coordinator of the Wolf Management and Conservation Plan in Castilla y León and, since 2011, is the Services Coordinator of the Natural Environment General Direction in the same region.

Dr. Francisco Petrucci-Fonseca. University of Lisboa. (Portugal)

Degree in Biology and Doctorate in Ecology and Systematics from the University of Lisbon. His main areas of research are ecology and conservation of the Iberian wolf, with special interest in the ecology of the species, especially the predator-prey relationship (both domestic and wild); as well as the impact that communication routes have on habitat fragmentation and mortality of species. He has also worked on the demographic and dynamic population of wolves and used molecular genetics as a non-invasive method in mammalian ecology studies.

He has carried out GIS analysis to assess the suitability of the habitat (wolf/deer) and also implemented conservation measures based on the recovery of old herd protection techniques against predators and the investigation of new ones. The study of the relationship between man and wolf and the development of environmental education programs, are also topics of his interest.

Dr. Juan Carlos Blanco Gutiérrez. (Spain)

Biology Doctor, with 26 years of professional experience in Animal Ecology and Nature Conservation. He was formed in the National Museum of Natural Sciences and the Doñana Biological Station (CSIC). Since 1995 he has been an independent consultant working with Public Administrations, research centers and conservation organizations.

He has conducted a national study on the wolf (Canis lupus) in which 18 professionals participated and has collaborated in several projects of inventory and conservation of the bear (Ursus arctos) in the Cantabrian Mountains and the lynx (Lynx pardinus) in Extremadura. At present, he is coordinator of the National Strategy for the Conservation of the Wolf of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fishing, Food and Environment and scientific responsible for the Life Coex project that the European Union carries out with the Junta de Castilla y León. He has devoted much of his professional life to the study and management of the wolf in Spain. He directed the first national census of the species in 1987 and 1988, promoted by the ICONA, and also the census carried out in Castile and Leon in 2000 and 2001. He has advised the Council of Europe, the European Union and the French Ministry of the Environment.

Mr. Mario Sáenz de Buruaga. Director of "Consultora de Recursos Naturales". Navarra (Spain)

Biologist who is part of a generation of hunting managers and researchers contributing to the “scientific takeoff” of the matter in our country. He directs “Consultora de Recursos Naturales”, one of the oldest environmental consultancies in Spain, founded 25 years ago, company that has coordinated the last census of wolves by the Junta de Castilla y León (2013-2014).

He has worked with species of small game, major and also with non-hunting species such as the brown bear and the bustarMr. In any case, the work he performs and directs is not limited to species but covers a wide range of environmental research and management topics (Red Natura plans, electric lines and birds, environmental monitoring, etc).

Dr. Luis Llaneza Rodríguez. Environmental Consultant for "Asesores de Recursos Naturales ARENA S.L". (Spain)

Luis Llaneza has been studying wolves since the end of the 80s, beginning his professional activity in 1992. He has followed up on numerous works on the species in Asturias, Galicia, Castilla y Leon, Picos de Europa National Park, Extremadura and Castilla-La Mancha. In recent years he has developed broad research on wolves in humanized environments. In addition, he cooperates in diverse lines of work tending to improve and optimize the methodologies of wolf monitoring. Wolf-man coexistence, and derived conflict, is one of the key issues in his lines of work.

Mr. Jesús Palacios Alberti. Head of the Section of Natural Areas and Protected Species of Zamora, Junta de Castilla y León. (Spain)

Forestry Engineer by the Polytechnic University of MadriMr. Superior Technician of the Junta de Castilla y León, where he is the head of the Section of Natural Spaces and Protected Species of Zamora. He has been Technical Director of the National Hunting Reserve of the Sierra de la Culebra between 1984 and 1994 and the Reserva de las Lagunas de Villafáfila (1986-1994).

He is currently Director-Conservator of the Natural Park of Lake Sanabria and surroundings since 1994 and responsible for the Iberian Wolf Center of Castilla y León. He is a founding member of the WAVES organization.

Dr. Vicente González Eguren. University of León. (Spain)

Doctor in Veterinary Medicine. Full Professor of the Department of Animal Production of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of León since 1990. He has given numerous lectures in national and international forums related to wildlife, environment and livestock. Director of three University Masters, two of them of international scope, related to wild fauna. He has participated in fifteen research projects related to animal production and wildlife and has authored more than forty publications in national and international journals. He has been President of WAVES 2003-2010. He is currently the President of the Leonesa Canine Society, a member of the Veterinary Sciences Academy of Castilla y León and a representative of the University of León in the Monitoring Committee of the Wolf Conservation and Management Plan in Castilla y León.

Mr. Pablo Santos Redín. Technician of the Section of Natural Areas and Protected Species of Zamora, Junta de Castilla y León. (Spain)

Degree in Biology from the University of Navarra (1997), Master in Wildlife Management and Conservation (2000) and Veterinary Assistant (2014) from the University of León. He has been working since 1999 in the Environmental Territorial Service of Zamora of the Castilla y León Regional Government and as a technician in the Natural Spaces and Protected Species Section since 2003. He is the author of various articles and technical and informational publications related to conservation and management of threatened fauna and protected natural areas, recently highlighting the document “Conservation of fauna in the Natura 2000 Network of Castilla y León” (2014).

Partner of WAVES since 1999, he has actively participated in the organization of various congresses, symposiums and other events of a formative nature, becoming part of its Board of Directors as Vice-President in 2010. At present, he combines his professional activity with the management of a project on captive breeding for birds of prey and scientific banding of birds.

Mr. Carlos Sanz García. Carlos Sanz Producciones S.L. (Spain)

Degree in Biology. He has more than 40 years of experience in breeding, maintenance and management of wildlife, specifically in Iberian wolf, and is a renowned naturalist photographer who has written numerous articles, made several audiovisuals and published thousands of photographs in many brochures, magazines, books, encyclopedias, computer programs and web pages, always on topics related to the dissemination and conservation of nature and the environment. His prestige is demonstrated in multiple documentary events related to the management of species since “El Hombre y la Tierra”, in which he collaborated with Dr. Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente.

Mrs. Silvia Martín Ferrero. ILEX2003 Consultora Ambiental S.L. (Spain)

She holds a degree in Veterinary Medicine from the University of León and an International Master’s Degree in Wildlife Management and Conservation. She has been working with herds of wolves for more than 7 years in natural state and in the CRAS de Villaralbo (Zamora) and in the Wolf Center of Castilla y León, where she is responsible for the veterinary team. She has collaborated with the Nature Protection Service, with the Junta de Castilla y León in some poisonings of the wolf species in the wilMr. She has participated in International Wildlife Symposiums and Conferences giving lectures and oral communications.

Mr. Tomás Yanes Martínez. ILEX2003 Environmental Consultancy S.L. (Spain)

Environmental Consultant and Specialist in Management and Conservation of the Iberian Wolf by the University of León. He has participated in courses and days of the Iberian Wolf and of wild fauna during the last years. She has 5 years of experience working with herds of wolves and other wild species in the CRAS of Villaralbo (Zamora).

Committees

Honor Committee

PROTOCOL ACTS, INAUGURATION AND CLOSURE

  • President: Hon. Mr. Juan Carlos Suárez Quiñones y Fernández. Councilor for Public Works and Environment of the Junta de Castilla y León.
  • Vice-President: Hon. Dr. Juan Francisco García Marín. Rector of the University of León.
  • Members
    • Mr. José Ángel Arranz Sanz. Director General of Natural Environment of the Junta de Castilla y León.
    • Mr. Miguel Aymerich Huyghues-Despointes. Deputy Director General of Natural Environment of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fishing, Food and Environment.
    • Mr. Jorge Llorente Cachorro. Director General of Agricultural and Industrial Production.
    • Mr. Agustín Álvarez Nogal. Director General of Public Health of the Junta de Castilla y León.
    • Mr. Alberto de Castro Cañibano. Territorial Delegate of the Junta de Castilla y León in Zamora.
    • Mr. José Fernández Blanco. Mayor of Puebla de Sanabria.
    • Mr. José Casto López Cañibano. Head of the Territorial Environmental Service of Zamora.
    • Dr. Eduardo Romero Nieto. President of the Dr. Romero Nieto Foundation (Wild Fauna Museum in Valdehuesa).
    • Mr. Luciano Diez Diez. President of the Council of Veterinary Colleges of Castilla y León.
    • Mr. Victorio Lobo Carnero. President of the Veterinary College of Zamora.
    • Mr. Cipriano García Rodríguez. Director General of Caja Rural de Zamora.
Organizing Committee

RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ORGANIZATION AND EXECUTION OF THE CONGRESS

  • President: Mr. Jesús Palacios Alberti. Head of the Section of Natural Spaces of the Junta de Castilla y León in Zamora.
  • Vice-President: Dr. Luigi Espósito. University Federico II of Naples.
  • Members
    • Mr. Javier Muñoz Jiménez. Coordinator of Services of the Directorate General of the Natural Environment of the Junta de Castilla y León.
    • Dr. María Ángeles Pulgar Gutiérrez. Manager of the University of León.
    • Mr. Feliciano Ferrero Freire. Secretary of the Caja Rural de Zamora Foundation.
    • Mr. Agustín Noriega Sampayo. Technician of the General Directorate of the Natural Environment of the Junta de Castilla y León.
    • Mr. Pablo Santos Redín. Technician of the Section of Natural Spaces of Zamora.
    • Mr. Antonio San Martín González. Environmental Protection Technician. S.T. Environment of Zamora.
    • Mrs. Susana Mendoza Euba. Environmental Protection Technician. Territorial Service for the Environment of Zamora.
    • Mrs. María José Rodríguez Ferrero. Technician for the Foundation of Natural Heritage of Castilla y León.
    • Mr. Víctor Casas del Corral. Expert in Heritage Communication.
    • Mr. Javier Merino Goyenechea. Scientific Committee of WAVES Spain.
Scientific Comittee

RESPONSIBLE FOR ADMISSION, COMMUNICATIONS AND POSTERS

  • President: Dr. Vicente González Eguren. Professor University of León.
  • Vice-President: Dr. Magdalena Vieira Pinto. Professor University of Trás-os-Montes and president of WAVES International.
  • Members
    • Dr. Ana Carvajal Urueña. Professor University of León.
    • Dr. Carlos Díez Valle. Scientific Committee of WAVES Spain.
    • Mr. José Emilio Yanes García. Professor University of Salamanca. Scientific Committee of WAVES Spain.
    • Mr. Mariano Rodríguez Alonso. Director of the Natural Reserve of Lagunas de Villafáfila.
    • Dr. José Manuel Gonzalo Orden. Professor University of León.
    • Mr. Anthoni F. Anastasy. Scientific Committee of WAVES USA.
    • Dr. Aurora Monzón. Professor University of Trás-os-Montes

Communications / Posters

In addition to plenary and master lectures, oral communications and posters may be presented.

In order for submitted contributions to be accepted, at least one of the authors must pay registration as a participant and attend the congress
.

Thematic Blocks

Issues to be addressed include:

  • Block 1. Wolf and livestock.
  • Block 2. Conservation management of the wolf. Problems of the species.
  • Block 3. The wolf as a resource and a dynamic element of the territory.
Key Dates
  • 15/02/2017 extended to 06/03/2017: last day to send oral communications or posters (abstract) (at the request of authors)
  • 15/03/2017: notification of acceptance or rejection
  • 06/04/2017: last day of registration as long as the capacity is not completed.
  • 20/04/2017: first day of the congress
  • 23/04/2017: last day of the congress
Instructions for Authors

Works and posters submitted must take into account the following:

  • The official languages of the Congress are Spanish and English. All contributions will be submitted in one of these languages.
  • In order for submitted contributions to be accepted, at least one of the authors must pay registration as a participant and attend the Congress.
  • The registration in the Congress gives the right to the submission of a maximum of 2 works by each author or co-author.
  • All authors (oral and poster) must present an abstract (limit of 300 words) of their work.
  • The paper can be sent in WORD format (according to the instructions below). The maximum file size is 1.5 MB.
  • All communications will be sent electronically through a personalized link that will be provided after the registration.
  • All material submitted for submission must be original and have not been previously published or not be under review. Authors are responsible for the material they submit.
  • Accepted works will be published at least in digital format in the Book of Abstracts of the Congress.
Works

The submitted works will be prepared according to the following format (the format template meets all the necessary requirements):

  • Format template (WORD).
  • A4 page size.
  • Margins: Left 2,5 cm; Right 2 cm; Up 2 cm; Down 2 cm.
  • Font: Times new roman 12 pt, except for the title (14 pt.) And references (10 pt).
  • Paragraph: Simple and justified line spacing on both sides.
  • Length: Abstract in English (maximum of 300 words).
  • The full text of the oral communications (maximum of 1200 words) may sent until 12 April 2017.
Posters

The works that are sent in poster format will be prepared according to the following format:

  • Maximum size of 120 cm. High and 90 cm. width.
  • Posters submitted must include and Abstract (maximum of 300 words).
  • Orientation should be vertical.
  • It is the responsibility of the author to paste it into the panel assigned to it.

Recipients

The congress is especially aimed at:

  • Professionals from the world of conservation and management of the environment.
  • University students.
  • Sectors directly or indirectly related to the wolf.
  • Any other person or group interested in the species.

Registration and key dates

The capacity of the auditorium defines the end of the registration period, which will take into account the order of registration.

Registration can be done in the REGISTRATION WEB SERVICE, button, located at the top right of this page.

In order for contributions submitted to be accepted, at least one of the authors must pay registration as a participant and attend the congress. The rates are as follows:

Registration fees.

Important announcement: some registration fees have already covered the percentage of places reserved for them. Only the following fees are available:

  • Waves Partners: € 180.00 (sold out)
  • Environmental agents and keepers of the Junta de Castilla y León: € 180.00
  • University students: € 180.00 (sold out)
  • Specialist in Management and Conservation of the Iberian Wolf by the University of León: € 180.00 (sold out)
  • Standard: € 260.00
  • Accompanying persons: € 130.00 (due to the capacity, only the accompanying program is allowed)

			

If you are interested in registering for any of the sold out registration fees, you are welcomed to join a waiting list by email. If places become available, the participants on the waiting list wiil be called in an order based on the date of receipt of the emails.

To sign up for the waiting list, you must send an email to ilexconsultores@yahoo.es with the following information:

  • Subject:

    Waiting List Congress Wolf 2017

  • Text:

    First and last name; phone number; e-mail
    I would like you to contact me if there is any vacancy to attend the International Congress on "Wolf Management and Conservation in North America and Europe. An Unresolved Conflict" to be held at the Centro de Lobo (Robledo de Sanabria - Spain) between 20-23 April 2017.

Payment of rates include:
  • Didactic material.
  • Technical visit to the Sierra de la Culebra.
  • Book of abstracts of the Congress and other relevant information.
  • Maintenance expenses (lunch and coffees for days 21 and 22 and closing food and coffees for the 23).
  • Availability of on-line platform (during the Congress) and permanent information of oral communications or posters presented.
  • Certificates of attendance (30 teaching hours – 3 ECTS credits) and / or participation with oral communications and posters. The certificates will be signed by the University of León, the Junta de Castilla y León and Waves.

The rates indicated for accompanying persons gives them the right to attend the welcome reception, the social program and the closing meal.

Form of payment of the tariffs

After registering, you must make a SINGLE TRANSFER to the account indicated to you.

As soon as the bank transfer has been carried out, you should be aware of emails sent to you, where you will be provided with information on how to submit your communications / posters, modify your data or request ECTS credits if you wish.

Key Dates
  • 15/02/2017 extended to 06/03/2017: last day to send oral communications or posters (at the request of authors)
  • 15/03/2017: notification of acceptance or rejection
  • 06/04/2017: last day of registration as long as the capacity is not completed.
  • 20/04/2017: first day of the congress
  • 23/04/2017: last day of the congress

Information

Place of celebration

The Congress will take place in the Center of the Iberian Wolf of Castilla y León in Robledo de Sanabria. This center, managed by the Foundation Natural Heritage, dependent on the Junta de Castilla y León, is located very close to Puebla de Sanabria and is perfectly connected by road. Location data and the Center’s website are provided for more access information:

  • WEB: http://www.centrodellobo.es
  • 49393. Puebla de Sanabria. Zamora (Spain)
  • 980.567.638
  • centrodellobo@patrimonionatural.org
  • 41°59’43.6″N | 6°34’33.0″W

The road access to the Iberian Wolf Center of Castilla y León is from Puebla de Sanabria, taking the regional road ZA-921 in the direction of Ungilde.

After passing this town we continue towards the town of Robledo de Sanabria. At the entrance a sign leads us to the Center, located about 1,500 m.

Once we reach the parking lot, we continue walking along a path and a wooden walkway that leads to the main entrance of the Center.

Possible accommodations in Puebla de Sanabria

(Source: Official Tourism Portal of the JCyL)

HOTELS AND HOSTALS

Enrimary
Hostal Carlos V
Hostal La Trucha
Hostal Raíces
Hostal San Francisco
Hostal Tribal
Hostal Residencia Victoria
Hostal Residencia Peamar
Los Perales
Parador

CASAS RURALES, POSADAS, RURAL HOTELS, POSADAS REALES

Casas Rurales

Cañada de la Bellosa
El Molino
La Carballa
Los Cabritos de Tomás
Morada del Lagar (Robledo)
Rincón de Florentino (Ungilde)
Villa Celia

Posadas

Posada de Puebla De Sanabria

Rural Hotels

La Casuca Sanabresa
La Hoja de Roble
Tierra de Lobos

Posadas Reales

La Cartería
Las Misas
La Pascasia

Official language

Official languages of the Congress are English and Spanish. There will be simultaneous English-Spanish-English translation for those attending the Congress.

Certificates of attendance

Certificates of attendance will be delivered on demand to all attendants registered in the Congress and the delivery of the same will be made during the closing.

Supports

The organization of this congress has been possible thanks to the support of various institutions and companies.

Institutional Collaborators

                                       

Sponsors

                                                      

Coordination

      

Contact

Contact information