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.

23 Nov 2012

The Duck Specialist Group is a global network of duck specialists working on the monitoring, research, conservation and management of wild duck populations.

23 Nov 2012

Further to the successful Falconry Exhibition organised in the European Parliament last month, Angus attended the 45th Opočno Falconry Meeting in the Czech Republic and gave an address at the closing ceremony. The meet is hosted by the Czech Moravian Falconers who are a part of FACE Member the Czech Moravian Hunting Union. The meet gathers falconers from all over Europe in a great spirit of camaraderie.

23 Nov 2012

Economics is a crucial aspect of policy formulation and decision-making, especially during our current time of austerity. Unfortunately the data on the economics of hunting is dispersed and extremely varied across Europe.

There is a need to develop a Framework that can capture and place the various data sets without necessarily developing new or common methodologies.

15 Nov 2012

In the margin of the General Assembly of the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) in Brussels, FACE Senior Policy Advisor Yves Lecocq – a Doctor in Veterinary Medicine – made a presentation on hunting and wildlife management in Europe and how these interact with veterinary expertise.

13 Nov 2012

Sustainable Hunting Intergroup President MEP Véronique Mathieu launched the Académie des cadres cynégétiques européens (Academy of European Hunting) on her own initiative in 2010, bringing groups of French hunters from different regions across France to visit the EU Institutions, meet officials and of course, visit FACE for a special hunters’ perspective on EU affairs as well as the European Landowners’ Organization,


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