By request of the ministers of the environment of the German federal states, in 2016 the Documentation and Consultation Center of the federal government about the Wolf (DBBW = Dokumentations- und Beratungsstelle des Bundes zum Thema Wolf) was created in the scope of a three-year F+E project by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN). Because of the dynamic development of the wolf distribution in Germany, the nature conservation authorities of the federal states wanted a regular access to nationwide processed data on e.g. distribution and development of the population. The consultation of the authorities on special questions, e.g. on the handling of wolves with problematic behaviour, is also an essential task of the project.
The project team of the DBBW comprises four institutions, which possess long lasting experience in the research of free living wolves in Germany. Under the management of the Senckenberg Museum of Natural History Görlitz (SMNG) the following project partners work together: the LUPUS Institute for wolf monitoring and research in Germany, Spreewitz, the Conservation Genetics Group of the Senckenberg Research Institute, Location Gelnhausen, and the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research in Berlin (Leibniz-IZW).
The project team has an advisory function exclusively for the nature conservation authorities of the federal government and federal states. The data from wolf monitoring and management collected in the federal states is provided for the project partners, who summarize them nationwide, edit and publish them on the website www.dbb-wolf.de (only in German).
A direct consultation of the public by the DBBW does not take place.