A lasting future for wolves in Saxony and Germany significantly depends on the population's acceptance. Due to the long absence of wolves in Germany, we are no longer used to living together with these animals. This leads to lots of questions being asked or even fear being generated among the population. Consequently public relations and educational work are the focus of our activities.
The "Wolves in Saxony" contact office is the official information centre for the population, media and administrative authorities when it comes to the subject of wolves. The contact office collects all information from wolf monitoring (scientific data acquisition) and livestock protection activities. We process this data and make it accessible to the public. We also publish information actively. Our aim is to inform the population in an objective and timely manner and provide factual education about the wolf.
The contact office was established by the Saxon State Ministry of the Environment and Agriculture and the former administrative district of Lower Silesian Upper Lusatia in 2004. Since 2008 the district of Görlitz has been operating the contact office. The contact office is financed with direct funds provided by the Saxon State Ministry of the Environment and Agriculture. The contact office has currently two full-time positions that are filled by three employees (one full-time employee and two part-time employees). Furthermore, three freelance contributors help us organise special events.
Trained staff from the district administrator's offices and private associations (NGOs) support the contact office in the field of public relations work.
The contact office's task is to:
- be a point of contact for the population, administrative authorities and the media
- prepare press releases with up-to-date information on the wolves in Saxony
- provide up-to-date information on the contact office's website
- give target-oriented lectures and provide environmental education
- offer guided excursions in the wolves' region
- service information stands
- receive information on wolves
- manage the "Wolf's Barn" exhibition
- prepare information letters and leaflets
Events organised by the "Wolves in Saxony" contact office
The graphic shows the number of events such as presentations, excursions, information stands etc. that were organised and run by the contact office's staff and contributors between 2004 (from November) and 2016. Since 2007 around 250 information events have been organised and run each year.
Natura 2000 Award
In 2014, the contact office succeeded in becoming one of the finalists in the "Natura 2000 Awards" that were presented by the European Commission for the first time in that year. 49 participants had applied to take part in the "Communication" category. The contact office was among the last four finalists. Reaching the final was a great achievement for the contact office, confirming and recognising many years of work to improve the acceptance of the wolf's return. Please also refer to the SMUL's media service.
The "Natura 2000 Awards" were presented by the European Commission for the first time in 2014. The awards are intended to recognise activities aiming to communicate and implement Natura 2000 objectives that are exemplary for the protection of biodiversity all over Europe.
Practical training in the Contact Office?
Should you be interested in a scientific practical training in the field of wolf monitoring, you may contact the institutions that are in charge of wolf research (monitoring) in Saxony: the Senckenberg Museum of Natural History in Görlitz and the LUPUS - German Institute for Wolf Monitoring and Research.