Social consultation applied to the evaluation and selection of areas for reintroduction - project LIFE19 NAT/ES/001055-Lynxconnect

Principal researcher: Amélia Frazão Moreira

Research group: Environment, Sustainability and Ethnography


Social consultation | Reintroduction | Iberian Lynx | Portugal

Funding Institution

Instituto da Conservação da Natureza e das Florestas



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This project aims to assess the social attitudes of people in Iberian lynx reintroduction areas and to determine key themes relating to the following aspects:

- Perceptions that subsist and coexist on the ground about lynx and other associated carnivores and the changes that have occurred in the ways of viewing these species.

- Attitudes towards the Iberian lynx, studying the knowledge about its biology and the level of tolerance towards reintroduction in the selected local areas.

 -Attitudes of key actors towards reintroduction, trying to find out in depth the reasons for the different positions towards reintroduction.

Interviews are conducted in sub-areas as potential species habitat areas, lynx territories established on the basis of data provided by ICNF. In these priority sub-areas, interviews are conducted in a non-random and "snowball" manner, to interlocutors with different profiles, local actors considered to be key elements in the community or decisive for a stable lynx presence in the near future, thus conferring a qualitative representativeness to the auscultation.

The aim of this consultation is to define a set of recommendations that can be used in the LIFE project's communication actions and in the administration's actions.


Associated researchers

Clara Espírito Santo

Environment, Sustainability and Ethnography

Full members

Margarida Lopes Fernandes

Environment, Sustainability and Ethnography

Marta Pinho de Almeida