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KORA

A snow-covered landscape in the mountains of the Jura with its snow-covered fir trees is visible. The sky is blue with some grey clouds.
Switzerland contains a variety of habitats that support the protected large carnivores. KORA is tasked by the Federation and the cantons to monitor them, as here in the wintery Jura mountains. © Fridolin Zimmermann

KORA is an in-state foundation based in Ittigen. The foundation board consists exclusively of representatives of public institutions or organisations with in-state status, mainly from the cantons.

KORA collaborates with a variety of institutions within and outside of Switzerland, e.g. with universities, technical colleges, government institutions and non-profit organisations. The most important part of KORA’s mandate focuses on its contract with the Federal Office for the Environment FOEN. According to the federal law, the FOEN is responsible for the protected carnivores in Switzerland. KORA also maintains close cooperation with the hunting authorities and game wardens in each canton. Additionally, KORA collaborates with the Office for the Environment of the Principality of Liechtenstein and with various companies. Foundations focussing on conservation and science support KORA for different national and international projects.

The foundation

Aim and Mission statement of the Foundation

The aim of the Foundation KORA is the conservation of wild animals, namely the carnivores (Carnivora) in the cultural landscape. The mission statement outlines the principles according to which the non-profit Foundation KORA performs its tasks. The base for this statement is the deed of foundation of 11 May 2017.

Guiding principles

Ecology – Cultural landscape – Coexistence

Predators and prey play a central role in the overall balance of life. To study and understand such relationship and to contribute to the preservation of natural dynamics is the primary objective of the Foundation KORA. Special attention is given to the integration of large carnivore populations into the modern cultural landscape. Our particular interest focusses on ecological aspects and the coexistence with humans.

Our basic values

Scientific – Objective – Transparent

We work based on facts and scientific criteria. Our hypotheses, methods and results are always documented, transparent and comprehensible. We act neutrally towards contracting authorities, interest groups and political institutions. Our work is committed to objectivity.

Our tasks

Monitoring – Processing information – Consulting

We generate long-term comprehensive data sets and knowledge bases. Our tasks embrace in particular:

Our factors of success

Expertise – Innovation – Reliability

The success of KORA is based on its professional competence and innovative strength. Reliability in both, professional exchange and human interactions, as well as open and fair communication principles guarantee the discussion and networking with partners from science and practice.

Muri b. Bern, June 2020

The foundation board

The foundation board strategically guides the foundation. It creates the statutes and the regulations of the institution, nominates and supervises the directorate, elects new members of the foundation and the statutory auditors, confirms the annual budget and approves the annual financial accounts.

The foundation board consists of representatives specialised on hunting/wild animal management, nature and species conservation, forest, animal protection and public education. The board members represent public institutions or organisations with in-state status:

President:

Members:

History

In March 2001, lynx were released in the Tössstock as part of the LUNO reintroduction project. This picture shows a lynx being released into the wild after having been tagged with a transmitter.
During the reintroduction project LUNO lynx were released in the Tössstock area. March 2001 © Christof Angst

The lynx was reintroduced to Switzerland in a program that started in 1971. Since then wolves and bears have also migrated into Switzerland: wolves from the Italian-French Alps beginning in 1995 and individual bears have entered from Italy since 2005. In 2012, the golden jackal was pictured for the first time in Switzerland, and the wildcat is also expanding its range in Switzerland.

The return of large carnivores demands scientific and practical support and coordination. In the 1980s, the Lynx project Switzerland dedicated itself to the task of scientifically accompanying the reintroduction of the lynx. Later, it was commissioned by the FOEN to also monitor the immigration of wolves and bears. This led to the foundation of the association KORA Koordinierte Forschungsprojekte zur Erhaltung und zum Management der Raubtiere in der Schweiz (Coordinated research projects for the conservation and management of carnivores in Switzerland). In 2017, the association transformed into the in-state foundation KORA das Kompetenzzentrum für Raubtierökologie und Wildtiermanagement (Competence centre for carnivore ecology and wildlife management).

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