Since 1992, the Brown Bear Foundation (FOP) has been working in the conservation and restoration of suitable habitats, the monitoring of the bear population, the prevention of poaching and environmental training and education. The Courel Brown Bear project in Lugo is promoting reforestation in order to create various wooded areas that not only provide food for the bears but also corridors for the safe communication between bear populations. 100 hectares of unused grass- and scrubland areas will be planted with 107,000 trees and shrubs, mainly varieties with succulent leaves.
Furthermore, the project aims to promote a positive coexistence between humans and bears, through training sessions and coordination with local authorities, farmers and hunting clubs. The use of electric fences and the clearing of hunting areas will help to avoid conflict and the employment of local labour will promote regional economic development.