Background

Work Areas & Projects

Hunting in Europe is affected by many different factors. 

Our work is organised into 12 main themes which provide the main building blocks of FACE’s work and encompass over 100 dossiers which require insight, monitoring and expertise from the FACE Secretariat and Members. 

Member support is the first theme for FACE, our primary concern. 

FACE has 6 technical themes: 

  • Nature Conservation
  • Wildlife Conservation
  • International Agreements
  • Animal Welfare & Health
  • Firearms & Ammunition
  • Hunting Methods & Culture

These 6 focus areas are supported by 5 structural themes such as Strategic Partners or Communications & Development

FACE undertakes specific projects in relation to our 6 focus areas. Here are some of our most recent Projects

The FACE Biodiversity Manifesto in the Mediterranean

FACE and Members from the Mediterranean region will embark on a project to contribute towards the implementation of the main objectives of The Biodiversity Manifesto in the Mediterranean region.The project will be co-financed by the MAVA Foundation (http://en.mava-foundation.org/). Until July 2013, a set of workshops are intended to exchange expertise on biodiversity conservation and experience on how to influence environmental policy making. The main output will be a publication of good practice by hunters in the Mediterranean which will demonstrate how this group helps the EU and governments to deliver on biodiversity conservation targets.

Medialoup

The French National Hunters’ Association FNC (Fédération Nationale des Chasseurs, FACE Member) received support from the Ministry of Ecology and the Foundation of the House of Hunting and Nature (Maison de la Chasse et de la Nature) to coordinate a mediation and communication project: Medialoup, to address the return of the wolf in France and Europe. FACE is part of the Steering Committee and coordinating the organisation of 3 workshops by FACE Members, notably from Italy, Sweden and Spain.

Invasive alien species in Northern Europe

Read more here.

EU Contract on Scientific and Technical Assistance Supporting Species Protection under the Birds Directive

FACE assisted BirdLife International, recommendations were made to the European Commission for a new methodology aimed at improving the production and implementation of Action Plans (Annex I), Management Plans (Annex II), and updating of the Key Concepts document on Article 7§4 of the Birds Directive. To test a new methodology for collecting data from different sources, a specific task was undertaken to produce population assessments for species where there was an identified knowledge gap. FACE was responsible for this task in relation to Rock Partridge Alectoris graeca and Jack Snipe Lymnocryptes minimus and organised 2 workshops to address this challenge. 

The outcome of this work showed worrying declines through much of the species range but stable populations in France and Greece.

TESS

Transactional Environmental Support System was a research project supported by the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission. The project began in October 2008 with the aim of designing a decision support system that will make it easy for policy makers to integrate local knowledge into their decision making whilst guiding and encouraging local activities that restore and maintain biodiversity and ecosystem services. In this respect, the aims of TESS are more ambitious than only supporting central policy.

The ultimate aim is to aid restoration and maintenance of biodiversity and natural resources in the European countryside, by reversing the processes that caused so much degradation. 

FACE, as one of the project’s partners, enabled hunters to contribute to the project by participating in surveys and providing information for case studies. The dynamic engagement of hunters in the provision of information reflects their motivation to be involved in improving the practices, methods and support systems available for biodiversity restoration – from the local level right through to the pan-European.

An optimistic future for hunters and other local actors to continue to inform environmental policy, enhancing the paths towards a better state of nature.