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Obituary: Jean Servat

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. From 1983 onwards, he was for many years the Director-General of the National Hunting Agency (ONC) as well as Administrator-General of the CIC in Paris. Even after his retirement, his dedication for hunting continued as President of the Federation of Hunters in his native Pyrenees where he loved to live and hunt (and where he is now buried), the Ariège.

On behalf of FACE and its Members, we offer his family and loved ones our deepest condolences.