Hunters team up with public bodies responsible for state forestry services in Poland in order to preserve the country’s capercaillie population.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has published a paper titled ‘Informing decisions on trophy hunting - A Briefing Paper for European Union Decision-makers regarding potential plans for restriction of imports of hunting trophies’.
The Federation of Associations for Hunting and Conservation of the EU (FACE) and The International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC), have addressed the CITES Management Authorities in all European Member States.
The face of hunting is changing. In the past decade more women are joining Europe’s hunting community, actively engaging in conservation and championing sustainable hunting, and a real connection with nature. FACE is putting a special focus on women hunters and would like to learn more about hunting women and their motivations, challenges and viewpoints. We want to put a face and a name to hunters by showcasing individual women hunters on the FACE website.
The FACE secretariat developed a number of guidance documents and information notes during 2015:
Hunters’ actions meant that, in 2012, the Swedish population of Lesser White-fronted Goose (Anser erythropus) was the only one in the world not declining.
To improve the scientific knowledge of large carnivores in the Baltic States and Poland, an important gateway to Europe for Russian large carnivores, a cross-border research program began in 2003 that involved hunters working alongside forestry agencies and scientists.
The declining population of eastern rock partridge (Alectoris graeca graeca) in Bulgaria means that the subspecies is at threat of extinction, and is a priority for conservation. With financial support from the EU and the state, the Union of Hunters and Anglers of Bulgaria has halted the species’ decline and created the conditions for recolonisation of the species’ natural range.
Target 2 of the EU Biodiversity Strategy calls upon Member States to restore at least 15% of degraded ecosystems by 2020.
The IUCN defines degraded ecosystems as those that have been simplified, disrupted or have lost biodiversity due to disturbance. On the other hand, restoration is defined by the European Commission as the return of an ecosystem to its original community structure, species complement and natural functions.
Through its 34 action points, the FACE Biodiversity Manifesto demonstrates the engagement of European hunters for biodiversity conservation.
Since 2013, FACE is gathering examples of hunters’ actions contributing to biodiversity conservation, from awareness-raising to management activities, in order to evaluate the progress made under the engagements of the Biodiversity Manifesto.