Bern Convention Standing Committee – FACE contributes to tackling IAS and amendments to recommendation on wolf–dog hybrids

Bern Convention Standing Committee– FACE contributes to tackling IAS and amendments to recommendation on wolf–dog hybrids 

FACE attended the 34th Standing Committee meeting of Bern Convention from 2nd to 4th of December in Strasbourg, France.

During the meeting FACE together with the IAF (International Association for Falconry) presented a Report on Implementation of the Code of Conduct on Hunting and IAS. FACE Members from 6 countries contributed extensively to the report, which shows the work and activities that hunters are carrying out to comprehensively address the problem of Invasive alien species.  The Report was well received by the Secretariat of the Bern Convention and also from the side of the European Union and its Member States.

The Standing Committee also discussed the proposal for a Recommendation on hybridisation between wild wolves and domestic dogs. The proposed Draft Recommendation aimed to give wolf-dog hybrids the same level of protection as wolfs. FACE opposed this initial wording and called upon Parties to make amendments to avoid negative consequences for the conservation of wolves. Finally the Recommendation was amended with more favourable wording, calling for a controlled removal of wolf-dog hybrids by the government officials or bodies entrusted by government.