URSUS Program

A good knowledge is essential to develop effective conservation strategies. The Fundación Oso Pardo (FOP, Brown Bear Foundation) technicians and scientists design and carry out habitat characterisation and population monitoring projects, with special attention to females with cubs. They also carry out genetic studies and analyse the behaviour of females with cubs.

The FOP considers key to delve into the multiple human dimensions related to the bear, and how different social, psychological, economic and political factors can influence perceptions, fears, attitudes and tolerance towards the bear. The conflicts between humans and bears are analysed and solutions for a peaceful coexistence are proposed.

The species that preferentially live in mountain habitats are among the most vulnerable to the possible effects of climate change. For this reason, the FOP collaborates in the research and monitoring of indicators of the effects of climate change on biodiversity in the mountains inhabited by the bear.

The Brown Bear Foundation (FOP) develops research projects within the framework of the ‘Strategy for the conservation of the brown bear in the Cantabrian Mountains’ (approved in 1999 and updated in 2019), one of whose lines of action is conservation applied research. These projects are carried out thanks to the support of different national or international private entities, and mainly with the support of the Spanish Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge (MITECO) through its calls for public aids intended to third-sector entities or non-governmental organizations that carry out activities of general interest in the field of scientific and technical environmental research.

In 2021, the projects financed by these aids was the following:

  • Monitoring of the bear population in the Cantabrian Mountains and the Pyrenees in 2021. Contribution to knowledge and natural environment defense through the application of tools for the analysis of conflict situations with bears.
  • Bears and extensive livestock as relevant elements of Cantabrian biodiversity. Analysis of factors involved in claims of brown bear damage to extensive livestock and evaluation and management proposals to improve the coexistence and conservation of biodiversity.
  • Sustainable enhancement of natural resources linked to the presence of the brown bear.
  • Evaluation of the pilot experience of the use of lead-free ammunition by the hunting sector of the Cantabrian Mountains and proposals for the prevention of lead contamination in the brown bear and other species.
  • Fight against the effects of climate change on the Cantabrian brown bear by preparing actions to improve trophic availability and climate adaptation for critical areas.

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c/ San Luis 17 4ºA. 39010, Santander,
Cantabria. España

Tel: 942 23 49 00

E-mail: fop@fundacionosopardo.org

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c/ San Luis 17 4ºA.
39010 Santander – Cantabria (España)




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