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Official Notice of the 46th IAF Council of Delegates Meeting

Article 9.4.5 of the IAF Constitution (click here for English and French versions) states "Notice of all Council meetings shall be given thirty (30) days in advance by postal mail or electronic mail with an agenda provided with such notice".

Even though you have all received previous messages advising you of the date, this is the official notice of the meeting that will be held on 7th and 8th August 2015 in Posadas, Missiones Province, Argentina. The meetings are hosted by IAF member organizations  Güira Óga and the Brazilian Association for Falconers and Preservation of Birds of Prey (ABFPAR) with the support of the Ministry of Ecology, Renewable Resources and Tourism of the Province of Missiones. Further information is available by clicking HERE.

The proposed agenda for the meeting may be found below.

​Schedule of events 5-10th August (provided by our hosts)

Wednesday, August 5,  8:00 Arrival of the members of the Advisory Committee of the IAF Registration (all day)

Thursday, August 6,   08:00 Main arrival day for delegates, falconers and guests Registration (all day). 08:00 Meeting of the Advisory Committee of the IAF.  13:00 Lunch. 14:00 Meeting of the Advisory Committee of the IA.F 14:00 Meeting of the Latin American Working Group. 17:00 Opening Ceremony at the Knowledge Centre, next to the hotel. 21:00 Conferences

Introducing IAF delegates to the general public, each delegate will make a self presentation explaining falconry in his country, conservation projects etc.

Friday, August 7,   08:00 Annual General meeting of the IAF (AGM) 08:00 Demonstration flight of eagles in the field in front of the hotel (GüiraOga) 14:00 Lunch 16:00 Hunting (Demonstration of Peregrine Falcons flying at partridges (tinamous) with the use of dogs in the field in front of the hotel) 19:30 Dinner.21:00 Conference 1 Reproductive biology Orange-breasted Falcon in the Atlantic Forest Gustavo Mendez de Carvalho Diniz – Brazil.22:00 Conference 2 Conservation Project of Isidori Eagle (black-and-chestnut eagle) Alex Ospina/Cesar Montoya – CRARS – Colombia.

Saturday, August 8, 08:00 Annual General meeting of the IAF (AGM) 08:00 Meeting with officials of fauna present (Workshop) 08:00 Demonstration of training methods, eagles, hawks and falcons (in the field in front of the hotel) 13:00 Lunch 14:00 Raffle 15:00 Hunting (Only IAF delegates and falconers) 19:30 Dinner 21:00 Conference 1 Harpy Eagle Project in the Atlantic Forest Jorge Lisboa/Eduardo Pío Carvalho - Brasil. 22:00 Conference 2 Investigation and conservation of Birds of Prey in Argentina Claudina Solaro - CECARA - La Pampa – Argentina 

Sunday, August 9, 08:00 Hunting (Demonstration of Aplomado Falcons flying at tinamous with the use of dogs in the field in front of the hotel) 13:00 Lunch 14:00 Hunting (Only IAF delegates and falconers) 19:30 Dinner

Monday, August 10, 08:00 Departures.  

IMPORTANT REMINDERS FOR THIS MEETING

  1. Registration form for the IAF Council of Delegates Meeting in Posadas, Argentina is now closed. Queries should be emailed to info@iaf.org  
  2. Attendance is limited to National Delegates and Club Representatives, their official guests (one each), the IAF Board and Advisory Committee, members of the hosting clubs, Individual Subscribers. Official Observers are by invitation of the IAF President. Everyone must have registered before attending the meeting.
  3. Elections will take place for President, Vice-president for Europe, Vice-president for Asia and Vice-president for MENA. Candidatures closed on the 31st May. Elections 
  4. IN ORDER TO VOTE YOUR CLUB MEMBERSHIP DUES MUST BE UP TO DATE. You may pay them using the PayPal facility on our website, or by IBAN transfer (details on the same page)

Agenda of the 46th IAF Council of Delegates Meeting

Formalities 30 min

  • Opening by President Adrian Lombard and Welcome by host organizations
  • Gift Exchange
  • Register of Attendance, Apologies and Proxies
  • Minutes of the 45th Council of Delegates Meeting in Doha 2014 2014 (will be sent by separate email and made available at the meeting in a printed document)
  • Memorials to Falconers (please advise of any from your own country)

Presidential, Vice-presidential and Executive Officer Reports 1 hr 40 min

  • Presidential Report
  • VP Report Americas
  • VP Report Asia and Africa
  • VP Report Europe and Oceania
  • Report from the Brussels Office 

Treasurer’s Report for 2015 20 min

Conservation Reports 1 hr 40 min

  • Bern Convention and Invasive Alien Species 
  • Conference on Biodiversity
  • Conference of Migratory Species
  • CITES AR
  • IUCN Beyond Enforcement
  • Saker Portal 
  • Conservation Projects
  • Other conservation matters – wind turbines, Proposal for IUCN Resolution on Electrocutions, diclofenac, wildtake

Reports on Cultural Matters 1 hr 20 min

  • UNESCO 
  • European Cultural Routes  (an explanatory document will be emailed)
  • Cultural Conferences and Exhibitions since last meeting
  • Future Cultural Conferences and Exhibitions
  • Falconry Academy 
  • Book Project 

Presentation of Welfare and Veterinary Matters 1 hr 20 min

  • Welfare self-audit & proposed online course (an explanatory document will be emailed)
  • DNA Bank and Stud-book(an explanatory document will be emailed)
  • Proposed Veterinary Conferences 

Working Group reports 1 hr 10 min

  • Biodiversity
  • Editorial team
  • WWG
  • AAFF BK
  • Latin American WG HR
  • Sub-continent WG KK
  • World Falconry Day JC
  • Young Falconers Group AV

New membership applications for voting 20 min (explanatory document tol be emailed)

Future Council of Delegates Meetings and meetings relevant to IAF 15 min

Elections 2015 60 min

  • President
  • Vice-president Asia
  • Vice-president Middle East and North Africa
  • Vice-president Europe, Africa South of Sahara and Oceania

Presidents Awards 10 min

Any other Business 30 min

The above agenda may be subject to minor additions. The meeting will take place over two days and the split and order of topics may vary according to time constraints. 

Promoting the Saker Portal

This is being seen as a model of collaborative measures that recognizes the potential for sustainable use and engage user communities in addressing wildlife crime. It offers a powerful and unique model for addressing illegal transnational trade of this iconic and high value species.

The Portal went live during the 20th April Official Opening of the IAF Office and is receiving responses at an unexpected high rate. At the recent Wildlife Trade Symposium at the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology in the University of Kent (UK) a poster presentation was very well received and sparked many constructive conversations with scientists at the event. At the "Beyond Enforcement: the role of communities in tackling illegal wildlife trade”, in the EU parliament, corridor conversations promoting the portal were also received with interest.

The involvement of traditional communities in protecting wildlife through using it in a sustainable manner is becoming increasingly appreciated.

To view the Portal click the image. To view the questionnaire go to  www.s.sakernet.org

Invasive Alien Species in Europe and Beyond - meeting of the Bern Convention in Slovenia, June 2015

Recommendation No. 166 (2013) on the European Code of Conduct on Hunting and Invasive Alien Species (including the IAF section) has been officially adopted by the European Commission, as we knew it would be since Strasbourg in December. It was minuted that the principles and recommendations made by the Bern Convention are now being adopted globally and have been presented for adaption in Canada. IAF is sometimes criticised as being Eurocentric, This wider adoption of a piece of legistalion that began in Europe is proof that IAF's vigilance in Europe is justified..

Adoption of the Code of Conduct does not mean it is a law, but it is now an official EU policy and whenever a member state makes its own laws on IAS, this recommendation will be the one they have to consult on hunting/falconry issues. 

Developments in IAS: Various countries presented the work they have done so far – Slovenia, UK, Estonia, Poland, Czech Rep., Armenia, Sweden, Norway, Macronesia  etc. none of which mentioned birds of prey, but some were a little over the top in their individual legislating. This is something IAF cannot do anything about, we are doing absolutely everything we can in monitoring at a European level and in intervening where appropriate to encourage positive (or at least non-negative) EU Laws, but it has to be up to the individual national clubs to find out and influence their own national laws. EU strategy can be influenced byIAF attendance at these meetings, but national clubs must seek out ways to offer the same level of influence on their national governments.

Strategies in Central and Eastern Europe are well developed with risk assessments done on every species listed. Croatia has the most complete legislation on exotic pets using Bern Convention Codes of Conduct and it is largely their lists that are being passed to the EU to help formulate the EU catalogue. In fact the EU catalogue will be mainly IUCN recommendations seasoned with Croatian risk assessments. Countries are now sharing risk assessments. Escapes of legally held IAS are not currently being prosecuted anywhere in Europe (of relevance to falconry birds). The existing UK blacklist is under current review. All those countries that are advanced are very strong on individual species risk assessment, scientific studies, citizen science input etc. which is encouraging.

The EU is now avoiding the word “lists” wherever possible and is now calling it a catalogue. All ideas at an EU level about whitelists are shelved as being totally unworkable and there is much emphasis that only species that have proper risk assessments, based on scientific fact rather than conjecture, should make the catalogue. However, that still does not stop individual states having blacklists or whitelists or both. Unfortunately some countries are still bringing in both, as is their prerogative. It is necessary for each country to monitor the developments arising form these.

There is no mention of any birds of prey on any of the national lists.

Spyridon Flevaris, head of the IAS section in DG Environment, European Commission, was most encouraging in clearing up many points. His presentation can be seen on PDF by emailing info@iaf.org . I asked him about attending the specialist committee meetings and he says theoretically this is possible for NGOs registered with the Transparency Register. We will continue to monitor this.

Gary Timbrell, EO for IAF

Here you could also download official copy of this letter.