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Using SWOT analyses produced in Action A1 as a reference base 3 workshops will be organized, each referring to 1 topic (i.e. waste management, electric fences, guarding dogs).In each workshop, SWOT analysis of the topic under reference will be elaborated upon by members of stakeholders to identify actions needed to increase the salience or contribution of “strengths”, downplay “weaknesses”, promote “opportunities” and confront “threats”. Based on this elaboration, each workshop will eventuate in a road map prepared to reach stakeholder audiences in the short term. For instance, in the workshop on waste management, stakeholders might build on SWOT analysis prepared for this topic in Action A1 and discuss small scale modifications of current waste management systems to decrease waste exposure and access of bears to waste, relocation of compartments of waste management systems and reorganization of waste collection systems, and adoption of alternative waste management systems. In any case, the content of these discussions outlined here is only indicative and the actual content will be contingent upon the results of SWOT analysis. In an analogous manner, workshop on electric fences might concentrate on bridging the difference between prices offered by local craftsmen for the preparation of an e-fence, on the one hand, and willingness to pay amounts pledged by affected stakeholders on the other. Further, ways to combine electric fences with a guarantee accompanied by after-sale support will be sought. Finally, the workshop on electric fences might search for ways to build on local experience of electric fences operation and exchange this experience among affected stakeholders under the engagement of local authorities and environmental nongovernmental organizations. With regard to guarding dogs, the workshop discussion will focus on actions needed to support a stock breeder network for reproducing and exchanging LGDs. Participants will inquire into all possible issues related to reproduction, sharing, and training of dogs, including veterinary care. During the workshops, detailed minutes will be taken, which will provide guidance for the development of a questionnaire. This questionnaire will be administrated to stakeholder groups with the supervision of project partners and it will provide quantitative indication for the adoption of actions outlined during the workshops among stakeholders targeted. It will also examine behavior intention and estimates of behavior intention for stakeholders. The questionnaire will be weighed for validity and reliability purposes and questionnaire data will be analyzed by means of multivariate analysis. After having received quantitative feedback from stakeholder groups,3 thematic groups will be established to take over the responsibility of finalizing approaches to be followed and monitoring adoption of best practice among stakeholders. Thematic groups will start operating in Action C1 and they will continue their operation in Action D1.

The core aim of Action C1 will be to stimulate stakeholder engagement in planning and implementing best practice for waste management, electric fences and LGDs. Additionally, will assist in creating and maintaining loyalty in adopting best practice.