Collaborating with both farmers and conservation organisations, to maintain and restore farmland biodiversity through local actions. - On Habitats, The FACE Biodiversity Manifesto.

The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is of vital importance for hunters for many reasons – from wild game and land management to hunting rights connected to land ownership and the implications of rural development for biodiversity. Moreover, the CAP budget consumes a large portion of the EU budget.

As a bridge builder between farmers, land managers and conservationists, FACE is deepening its connections with all main countryside stakeholders, bringing its expertise and that of hunters to the table.

“Hunting is the human activity which holds our deepest cultural roots. It is imperative for a politician to respect this, guaranteeing its perennity through sustainable policies. The ongoing CAP reform should be an opportunity and an instrument to attain this.” – MEP Luis Manuel Capoulas Santos, Vice-President of the Sustainable Hunting Intergroup

The Rural Coalition

In April 2011, FACE together with 4 Brussels-based European organisations dedicated to countryside activities, namely Copa-Cogeca, the European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA), the European Landowners’ Organization (ELO) and the European Livestock and Meat Trading Union (UECBV), launched the Rural Coalition to collaborate at the heart of rural affairs for a common purpose. The move came in a bid to strengthen the voice of Europe’s rural population and to increase the competitiveness of the EU agricultural sector whilst building up an effective network of stakeholders in the countryside.

In an increasingly urbanised Europe, the Rural Coalition will be crucial in highlighting the pivotal role of rural stakeholders in the development and management of rural land areas in a multifunctional and sustainable manner that meets social, economic and environmental requirements.

In its meetings, the Rural Coalition prepares for meetings of Advisory Groups of the European Commission related to Agriculture and Rural Development; coordinates its joint missions and statements, continued working towards a strong joint position on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy, in particular on Rural Development, as well as preparing for discussions on the Cohesion Policy and its links to agriculture.

See our latest statements with the Rural Coalition:

5 JULY 2013 RURAL COALITION STATEMENT: The Political Agreement on Rural Development Policy for 2014-2020

11 FEB 2013 RURAL COALITION STATEMENT: Response to the OUtcome of the Special European Council Meeting of 7-8 February

24 APRIL 2012 RURAL COALITION POSITION PAPER: The Future of the Rural Development Policy Post 2013

Read about the FACE Agri Expert Group.