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Bern Convention Standing Convention – FACE contributes to tackling IAS and amendments to recommendation on wolf–dog hybrids. FACE attended the 34th Standing Committee meeting of Bern Convention from 2nd to 4th of December in Strasbourg, France. During the meeting FACE together with the IAF (International Association for Falconry) presented a Report on Implementation of the Code of Conduct on Hunting and IAS. FACE Members from 6 countries contributed extensively to the report, which shows the work and activities that hunters are carrying out to comprehensively address the problem of Invasive alien species.
European Hunters’ Federation FACE, underlined during a conference organized in collaboration with the European Commission, the positive role of hunting in wildlife conservation and habitat restoration and claimed its right to be seen as a fully-fledged environmental organisation. The conference was inaugurated by Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for the Environment who recognized hunters’ important role in wild bird conservation.
Through the EU Biodiversity Strategy 2020, the European Commission is developing and progressing on relevant topics and issues for preserving nature and biodiversity at EU level. Indeed, while discussions are conducted on the concrete and practical implementation of an EU Green Infrastructure (GI), there will be some development for an EU No Net Loss (NNL) initiative based on the results of the 2014 public consultation. Both GI and NNL initiative are relevant for biodiversity conservation and European hunters. Here are two information notes making the link between hunting activities and those two EU processes.