Norway: Meeting of the Board of the Norwegian Hunters and Anglers Association

In line with our commitment to take FACE to the Members, Angus was glad to accept the opportunity to discuss the importance of international policies with the Board of the Norwegian Hunters and Anglers Association (NJJF, Norges Jeger- og Fiskerforbund). This was done in the context of an International Session in which presentations were given by FACE, the Nordic Hunters’ Cooperation and the European Anglers’ Alliance

Angus demonstrated how the strong link between EU and international policies has both direct and indirect effects. These are very often adopted as local rules and regulations but stem from agreed international policies. As an example, the African Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) has created both restrictions and opportunities, in Norway (and other countries). An example of a restriction has been that of the use of lead shot in wetlands which from the original resolution in 1995 has gone on to directly bring into question the wider use of lead in ammunition, for a number of reasons. On the other hand AEWA was drafted within the frame of conservation rather than protection and this has resulted in possibilities to pursue the management of populations, in the case of Norway for the Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus). This was also the case for angling-related issues. 

Additionally, there is the important issue of having access to and being part of international bodies, which generates possibilities to share information and practical ideas, and most importantly to offer the possibility to strengthen national and local positions. Nevertheless, it was also recognised that more should be done to improve the communication of this international dimension and its impact on national issues faced by hunters.

Overall it was clear that international affiliation and active participation especially at Nordic and EU levels can be very useful in the pursuit of defending and promoting hunting at national levels.