International Union of Game Biologists: 2013 IUGB Congress

27 Aug 2013 - 09:00 to 29 Aug 2013 - 18:00
Brussels, Belgium

The International Union of Game Biologists (IUGB) - whose current President is FACE Senior Policy Advisor and former Secretary General Yves Lecocq - will hold its 2013 Congress in Brussels during 27-29 August 2013. The overall theme selected for the 2013 IUGB Congress is Diversity in Wildlife Management - Objectives & Tools.

The IUGB 3013 website for online registration as well as submission of presentations of papers or posters is now live. All relevant information including the provisional Programme can be found there:

Although IUGB is not a hunters’ or hunting organisation, it has always adopted a constructive position towards sustainable hunting, based on sound science, facts and figures. Participation in its Congresses is also open to anybody who is actively involved or interested in practical game management. That too is the reason why the European hunters’ federation FACE, the Safari Club International Foundation (SCI-F), the International Council for Game & Wildlife Conservation (CIC) and other structures are offering significant support to IUGB and its work. Hunters and representatives of national, regional and local hunting structures are therefore encouraged to register for the 3-day IUGB Congress in Brussels. Registration is also possible for one or two days of the Congress, depending on the Programme or specific interests.

Presentations – for which Abstract submission is now open – will be made on the following five Congress topics:

1. Wildlife - Wildlife Interactions
The focus here is on the interactions between different species / populations, as well as within populations. Subjects can cover wildlife biology, population dynamics, animal behaviour, predator-prey relationships, intra-specific and interspecific competition, impacts from Invasive Alien Species on biodiversity etc.

2. Humans → Wildlife Impacts
This Congress topic will include all presentations dealing with human-related effects (positive as well as negative) on wildlife, such as those from land development, agriculture intensification (CAP), human demography changes (Africa!), over-harvesting & poaching, habitat management & restoration measures, transmission of diseases from domestic animals to wildlife, wind-farms and power-lines, and even the consequences of (man-induced) climate change.

3. Wildlife → Humans Impacts
The presence of wildlife often results in effects and impacts – positive, negative or a combination of both – on human activities and interests. Wild species may provide significant ecosystem-services (including cultural ones) but also present serious damage risks for farming, fisheries, forestry and other socio-economic sectors. Presentations could also cover zoonoses, wildlife collisions with traffic, effects of predators on game stocks, etc.

4. Humans-Humans Interactions
This Congress topic seeks to cover all ‘human dimension’ aspects of wildlife conservation and management, such as the public perception of large carnivores and other wild species, antagonisms in wildlife presence, the degree of acceptance of management techniques, attitudes towards urban wildlife, welfare issues in relation to hunting practices, etc.

5.Tools for Management and Research
Under this topic the Congress will bring together all presentations dealing with management and research methods, techniques, instruments, simulation and other population models used etc. These are in fact the various “How-to” aspects, having to lead to the appropriate technical responses for all the issues listed under the four previous topics. This includes the wide range of methods for dealing with the human aspects of wildlife management such as adaptive management, participatory approaches, community-based wildlife resource management and many more.