In 1970 the Greek hunting organisations founded the Game Guard Body. They did this with one basic aim: To enforce environmental legislation in order to protect wildlife species and their habitat, prevent biodiversity loss and control wildlife illegal activities.
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Site managers, landowners and wildlife and hunting organisations from across Europe will come together to share best practice on how sustainable hunting practices can be integrated into nature conservation planning at a 3-day workshop titled Sustainable Wildlife Management: integrating hunting practices with nature conservation planning.
European Hunters’ Federation FACE underlined during a conference organised 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 representatives of the European hunting world from 23 countries gathered in Brussels for the annual FACE General Assembly on 4 - 5 September.
Finnish hunters are involved in a LIFE project based on partnerships with the aim of restoring large areas of wetland habitats.
Shooting is worth £2 billion to the UK and supports the equivalent of 74,000 full time jobs are two of the main findings of a recent survey commissioned by 16 organisations involved with shooting and the countryside in the UK.
Findings of the study included:
Since 2000, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) is conducting the project “Green shoots” which aims to achieve public conservation targets by working with the shooting community and partners to target conservation effort on land which is shot over.
They have found it crucial to produce evidence in order to demonstrate the scope of the work and the positive results of hunters’ contribution to wildlife and habitats.