FACE-MED Meets in Cyprus

Hosted by the Cyprus Federation for Hunting & Wildlife Conservation, the first FACE-Mediterranean Meeting of 2012 covered a full agenda including national reports, expert insights from The Cyprus Game Fund, the European Institute for Migratory Birds of the Western Palearctic (OMPO), the European Association of Traditional Hunts (AECT) as well as FACE (Europe).

20 experts gathered for the intensive meeting, including representatives from 5 FACE-MED countries: Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy and Malta who exchanged information and updates on their local and national affairs.

Antonis Kakoullis, President of the Cyprus Federation for Hunting & Wildlife Conservation welcomed the participants and with his excellent team as well as key partner, The Cyprus Game Fund, set the tone for a purposeful meeting. Indeed, a good overview of hunting in Cyprus was provided, with eye-opening presentations on the release of game birds in Cyprus as well as the effects of rapid development on the island – with 6000km of road in 1980 doubling in 20 years. 

These presentations created much discussion on the plight of habitat loss in the Mediterranean, leading the participants to spontaneously and sincerely prepare a Declaration (download it below) addressing the extreme habitat disturbance and fragmentation in the region.

Download the full press release & the Declaration below.