The Waterbird Harvest Specialist Group (WHSG) met in Kalø in Denmark 17-19 March, to plan for the revision of the AEWA Guidelines on Sustainable Harvest of Migratory Waterbirds, which will be completed later this year.
The United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed 3 March – the anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) – as World Wildlife Day. On this second observance of the Day, FACE fully supports the simple yet firm message that “It’s time to get serious about wildlife crime”.
Best Practice Guidelines covering Castor fiber is the fifth and last in the series of Guidelines that FACE developed in cooperation with different organisation and FACE Members. Other Guidelines cover also Nyctereutes procyonoides, Ondatra zibethicus, Vulpes vulpes, Martes martes.
Brussels, 10 February 2015 – The European Commission has presented a proposal to ban trade in products from seals taken in EU waters. In the very same proposal the Commission seeks to make it easier for seal products from Inuit hunts in Canada to be imported into the EU market. This proposal sets a dangerous precedent for sustainability and environmental ethics.
The Commission has adopted new rules to the effect that EU hunters who import into the Union trophies from a number of non-threatened species should be subject to virtually the same strict import permitting requirements as are currently in place for species threatened with extinction.
In December FACE carried out a survey amongst its Members, seeking to give an overview of how hunting associations and hunters are involved in the monitoring (through sighting and or surveying) of large carnivores, and if this data contributes to decision making at national level (e.g. management planning).
FACE made a commitment to address the issue of IAS in the FACE Biodiversity Manifesto and also through Council of Europe’s Bern Convention where it helped to develop a Code of Conduct on Hunting and IAS.
There are different ways hunters can get involved, and this will vary country to country. Here we present just a few of them:
- Game monitoring and surveillance
- Spreading the information
- hunting magazines
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.
Since 2005, the Hellenic Hunters Confederation has conducted a program aiming to determine :