Hunters are invited to participate with their short films to the Green-Go Short Film Competition. Since 2011, “CEEweb for Biodiversity” has been organising the “Green-Go Short Film Competition” which aims at rewarding short films on natural solutions to climate change, sustainable farming and the benefits of nature. As hunting is directly linked to nature conservation including socio-economic and cultural benefits at local level, this contest represents an opportunity for hunters to share their views on the topic and to show how important nature is for human well-being and survival. The contest is open to anyone who wishes to participate and we encourage anyone who is interested to do so.
By encouraging dialogue between stakeholders in the frame of the Large Carnivores Platform while at the same time pursuing an infringement procedure against a Member State with a wolf population in favourable status, the European Commission is assuming a contradictory and ambiguous policy on large carnivore management, creating at the same time the cause and the solution to the conflict. Five years after initiating an infringement procedure against Sweden, the European Commission has sent yet another reasoned opinion about how the wolf population is being managed. The Commission suggests that the ‘local’ wolf population has not yet reached favourable conservation status (FCS), despite the fact that the legal obligation is FCS at Member State level, which has been reached in Sweden according to the results recently published on the Habitats Directive.
Why FACE supports the Birds and Habitats Directives. FACE remains fully committed to the support of both the Birds and Habitats Directives, which has been demonstrated by its engagement in stakeholders Agreements under European Commission initiatives. It calls upon the EU institutions and Member States to join this support and recognise the valuable role of hunting in meeting the objectives of the Nature Directives. As a stakeholder taking part to the consultations in the frame of the Fitness Check of EU Nature Legislation FACE states that the Directives are very appropriate to sustain the strategic objectives for protecting nature in the EU. FACE calls on the EU for more recognition of hunters in their role in delivering environmental objectives. This was highlighted at the conference marking 35 years of the Birds Directive and 10 years of the BirdLife-FACE Agreement, which was held in September 2014 . Equally FACE calls for greater understanding of the importance of hunting for 7 million Europeans, and that their role in delivering the strategic objectives of the directives is better recognised.