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18 Dec 2012

A website network of knowledge for the management of wild mammals and birds in Europe has recently been launched online: the European Wildlife Network (EWN).

The EWN aims to be a network of professionals involved in wildlife management, wildlife - human interactions, policy/decision-making and research to:

14 Dec 2012

50% of the Natura 2000 network are forests.

10 Dec 2012

The Species Survival Commission (SSC) of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has issued Guiding Principles on Trophy Hunting as a Tool for Creating Conservation Incentive.

6 Dec 2012

The EU and its Member States have an international obligation to comply with the standards set by AIHTS.

According to the implementation schedule, Parties to the Agreement will have until 2013 (5 years after entry into force) to test and certify trapping methods, and until 2016 to prohibit the use of traps not certified in accordance with standards of the Agreement.

6 Dec 2012

Ireland is set to assume the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union from January to (end of) June 2013. This will be the seventh occasion on which Ireland has held the Presidency and it occurs on the 40th anniversary of Ireland’s accession to the Union. The rotating presidency is for the most part a ceremonial role whose duties mainly involve framing the EU’s agenda and chairing the various meetings of the EU Council of Ministers.

5 Dec 2012

In June this year FACE was formally accredited by the General Assembly of the UNESCO Convention on Intangible Cultural Heritage. The accreditation is given to non-governmental organisations with recognised competence in the field of the intangible cultural heritage to act in an advisory capacity to the Committee.

2 Dec 2012

The European Chapters of Safari Club International (SCI) held their annual meeting at Palárikovo in Slovakia, and included senior delegates from the USA as well as FACE’s Manuel Esparrago who also joined the wild boar hunt the day before.

30 Nov 2012

The ESSF (European Sport Shooting Forum) held its annual end-of year meeting at the FACE House, Brussels.

30 Nov 2012

The 32nd annual meeting of the Standing Committee to the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (Bern Convention) took place 27-30 November in Strasbourg, France.

Participants were environment officials representing Contracting Parties as well as delegates from some twenty stakeholders’ organisations, including FACE. The very busy agenda contained a number of hunting-relevant issues:

24 Nov 2012

It is with great sorrow that we have learned of the passing of a long-time friend of FACE, Jean Servat, on 24 November at the age of 83. Trained forest engineer fervent conservationist and passionate hunter, Jean Servat was the Director of Nature Protection at the French Environment Ministry during the 1970s, and at that time the chief negotiator for France during the development and adoption of the Birds Directive in 1979. Notably, Servat instigated the provisions for derogations for certain methods of regional hunting in this European text.

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