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.
On 22 May the World Trade Organization (WTO) Appellate Body published its final decision on the EU ban on trade in seal products.
The first ceremony for the European Commission’s Natura 2000 Award took place in Brussels on 21 May. The award aims to recognise excellence in the management of Natura 2000 sites and to demonstrate the added value of the Natura 2000 network for local economies and public on a yearly basis.
The European Commission acknowledged hunters’ engagement for Natura 2000 by selecting the ChasNat 2000 project of the Regional French Federation of Hunters from Languedoc-Roussillon as finalist for the Natura 2000 award.
The award aims to recognise excellence in the management of Natura 2000 sites and to demonstrate the added value of the Natura 2000 network for local economies and public on a yearly basis. The award ceremony will be held on 21 May 2014 in Brussels.
The World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) on 10 - 11 May 2014 features the topic “Destination Flyways: Migratory Birds and Tourism” and aims to highlight the links between migratory bird conservation, local community development and wildlife watching tourism around the world.