IAF News August 2015

This eBulletin is a summary. Other language versions will appear shortly. Reports, photos, articles and the Minutes of the Council of Delegates Meeting will be circulated separately.

Officials' opening speeches, Posadas  Opening ceremonies of IAF Meetings

Parade of the Nations, Misiones Province. Opening ceremonies of IAF Meetings

Motions passed by the Council of Delegates at the 46th Meeting, Posadas, Argentina 6-10th August 2015

Elections were held for the President, Vice-president for Europe, Africa South of Sahara and Oceania, Vice-president for Asia and Vice President for MENA. The voting was by secret ballot with designated election officers.. Dr. Adrian Lombard was elected President for a second and final term. Janusz Sielicki was elected as Vice-president for Europe and Africa South of the Sahara, Dr. Keiya Nakajima was elected Vice-president for Asia and H.E. Majed Al Mansouri was elected Vice-president for the Middle East and North Africa.

Here is a summary of Decisions Made by Council that were subject to a vote. Voting details will appear in the official minutes to be emailed separately. This is not the Minutes Document, which will be sent by email to all delegates and Club Representatives in accordance with the IAF Constitution.

There was a motion to go forward with a European Cultural Routes Project (the relevant documents had already been distributed by email with the Agenda).This will allow email discussion, suggestions, and amendments and an emailed vote on the final wording before the next Council of Delegates Meeting.

Welfare Self-audit and proposed Welfare Course for Falconers (relevant documents had been distributed by email with the Agenda): the motion was to go forward with this project allowing email discussion, suggestions and amendments from all member clubs and an emailed vote on the final wording before the next Council of Delegates Meeting.

Breeders Forum, Pedigree System and DNA Banking (relevant documents had been distributed by email with the Agenda). The motion was to go forward with this project allowing email discussion, suggestions and amendments from all member clubs and an emailed vote on the final wording before the next Council of Delegates Meeting.

New Members, Associate Members and Corresponding Members:

Council voted on all new applications and the following organizations were all accepted:

  • AUSTRIA – Zentralstelle Österreichischer Falknervereine, ZÖF (Member)
  • AUSTRALIA – Rehabilitation Association of Western Australia (Associate Member)
  • BRAZIL - Asociação Brasileira de Falcoeiros e Preservação de Aves de Rapina (Associate Member upgrade)
  • BULGARIA - Bulgarian Falconers’ Union (Associate Member)
  • CHILE - Asociación Chilena de Cetrería (Member)
  • CHINA - China Falconry Association (Member)
  • COLOMBIA - Centro de Rehabilitación "SAN ISIDRO" (Associate Member)
  • CUBA - Club Cubanos de Cetrería: Hoy, mañana y siempre (Corresponding Member)
  • EGYPT – Raptor Club of Egypt (Member)
  • IRAN – Assn for Conservation of Birds of Prey NGO (Associate Member)
  • NEW ZEALAND – New Zealand Falconers’ Association (Member)
  • RUSSIA - Moscow Falconry Club (Member)
  • TAIWAN - Taiwan Falconers’ Association (Member)
  • TURKEY - Istanbul Hunting and Shooting Sports Club, ISTAV (Member upgrade)
  • UZBEKISTAN – Tugan Falconry Club (Member)
  • VIETNAM – Hanoi Falconers; Club (Member)

The candidature of the USA International Heritage Conservancy was deferred waiting for further information.

New Supporting Member Organizations.

The following organizations were all accepted as Supporting Member Organizations:

  • THE PEREGRINE FUND (with whom an MoU was signed)
  • AUSTRALIA – Western Australia Birds of Prey Centre
  • ECUADOR - Fundación Parque Cóndor
  • UK – Independent Bird Register
  • USA - Osage Raptor Rehab Missouri

After an open vote by the Council of Delegates, the following organization was not accepted as Supporting Member Organization: GERMANY - Breeders Association "ProFalcon".

A Motion Received from the ÖFB (Austria) on the killing of raptors, which has constitutional implications, was discussed in AC and in open Council. The decision of Council is that further discussion by the Board and AC, followed by a vote by the Delegates would be the correct procedure. On discussion, this was recognized to be a complex issue and a decision was made to develop a formal IAF Policy.

President Adrian Lombard explained that since Gary Timbrell had been appointed Executive Secretary, it is necessary to appoint a New Executive Secretary, which position carries a vote on the IAF Board. He suggested Adrian Reuter, currently delegate for Mexico, and asked for the consent of Council. There were no votes against. Approved.

President Adrian Lombard further suggested António Carapuço, Delegate for Portugal, for another term in the post of Treasurer and asked for the consent of Council which was granted, no votes against.

The IAF Team

Executive:

  1. President: A Lombard (South Africa)
  2. VP Americas: Ralph Rogers (USA)
  3. VP Europe: Janusz Sielicki (Poland) - Also Conservation Officer.
  4. VP Asia: Keiya Nakajima (Japan) – Also Officer for Rehabilitation and Conservation.
  5. VP MENA: HE Majid al Mansouri.(UAE)

Executive Treasurer: António Carapuço (Portugal)

Executive Secretary: Adrian Reuter (Mexico) - Also Officer for CITES.

Advisory Committee:

  1. Chairman: Bohumil Straka (Czech Rep.) – Officer for UNESCO and ICH
  2. Véronique Blontrock (Belgium) – Representative for Belgium and PRO
  3. Bakyt Karnakbeyev (Kazakhstan) – Representative for Central Asia
  4. Patricia Cimberio (Italy) – Officer for Communications and Events
  5. Thomas Richter (Germany) – Officer for Animal Welfare
  6. Zayed al Maadeed (Qatar)
  7. Mark Upton (UK)
  8. Dan Cecchini (USA) – IAF Data Base – also Special responsibility for Electrocution of Raptors
  9. Fernando Feás (Spain) – Officer for Ex-Situ Conservation
  10. Frits Klein (The Netherlands) – Officer for Culture

The Executive and the Advisory Committee (above) constitute the IAF Board.

Extended Advisory Committee:

  1. Karl Heinz Gersmann (Germany) – CIC Liaison.
  2. Matt Gage (UK) – Special Advisor – Science
  3. Laco Molnar (Slovakia) – Veterinary Liaison
  4. Dick Ten Bosch (The Netherlands) – Editorial Committee and Fund-raising.
  5. Yukio Asoaka (Japan) – Officer for Eastern Asia.
  6. Willem Vrijenhoek (The Netherlands) – Interpol Liaison
  7. Henrique Rezende – Representative for Latin America
  8. Philippe König (The Netherlands)– IAF General Counsel
  9. Stephan Wunderlich (Germany) – Biodiversity Working Group and Perdix Portal
  10. Kamran Khan (Pakistan) – Officer for the Indian Subcontinent
  11. Javier Ceballos (Spain) – Officer for Falconry Ethics and WFD
  12. Tony Crosswell (UK) – Editorial Committee
  13. Jevgeni Shergalin (Estonia) – Officer for Northern Eurasia. FHT Liaison
  14. Patrick Morel (Belgium)

Additional Advisors:

  1. Robert Kenward (UK) IUCN/CMS
  2. Elisabeth Leix (Germany) – 2018 Council of Delegates Meeting 2015/09/20

This list will be passed to all voting delegates for formal acceptance.

President Adrian Lombard.

Hunting group in Argentina

IAF represented at World Forestry Conference in Durban, South Africa

This conference was attended by some 3500 delegates from around the globe under the title of “Forests & People: Investing in a Sustainable Future”. The IAF had a stand in the Exhibition Hall to display the role played by falconers from around the Globe in Conservation. IAF was assisted by falconers from the South African Falconry Association. Special thanks go to the SAFA Secretary, Bruce Padbury, and Natal Falconers Association members who organized the setting up and manning of the stand.

From a Falconry perspective, the most significant event in the Conference was the one day “Wildlife Forum” organized by the Collaborative Partnership on Wildlife Management which took place on 9th September. The focus of the Forum was “How to Achieve Sustainable Wildlife Management and Improve Local Livelihoods”.

The opening plenary was facilitated by Eduardo Mansur of FAO and the keynote speakers were Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias of CBD and John Scanlon of CITES. Mr Diaz referred to the Aichi Targets for 2020 and called on parties to push the boundaries to find innovative solutions to stop biodiversity loss and to involve local communities and livelihoods. John Scanlon reviewed the 42 year history of CITES and stated that this convention is more relevant today than at its inception; it controls 15 million transactions per year. He outlined the scourge of the illegal trade in wildlife which is worth over 20 billion dollars annually.

IAF President, Adrian Lombard presented on “Falconers and Forests”. He described the involvement of Falconers in conservation and showed that the link between Forests, Falconers, Communities and Livelihoods lies in Conservation and Sustainable use. In the presentation he was able to tell the conference about the involvement of the IAF in the “Portal to Develop Trust” which is one of the Saker Global Action Plan Flagship Projects and which is funded and jointly managed by the IAF. He was also able to inform the conference about the IAF plans to develop a Breeders Registry, Studbook and DNA Bank.

The Forum outcomes were summed up by Jan Heino, CPW Vice-Chair and President of the Policy and Law division of CIC: He thanked the session’s leaders, speakers, and audience for an outstanding forum which provided abundant, timely, and cross-sectoral information.

The main messages of the Forum:

Sustainable management of wildlife is an important part of integrated approaches to the multipurpose use of natural resources. It plays a decisive role in addressing the Sustainable Development Goals. Sustainable wildlife management provides crucial benefits for food security, livelihoods, natural heritage, biodiversity, and ecosystem conservation.

Combining knowledge, through multidisciplinary approaches and strong community participation, is required to properly design sustainable wildlife management programs that allow for the sustainable use of game and the trade of wild meat and other non-timber forest products. Legal frameworks and health protocols will be strengthened; law compliance, cross-sectoral collaboration, innovative market approaches, and best practices will be promoted.

The participatory role of local communities in wildlife management is vital and must be strengthened. This includes wildlife monitoring and the fight against wildlife crime.

The sustainable harvest of wild meat and other non-timber forest products is an integral part of conservation. It improves livelihoods, food security, and nutrition. It is crucial to gain a better understanding of the causes and effects of human-wildlife conflict based on in-depth analyses of each local situation. Only then can workable models be created to mitigate conflicts and raise the awareness of local communities to positively co-exist with wildlife.

Combating the illegal trade of wildlife requires: (1) a coordinated effort at all levels to treat such crimes seriously by following the same protocol used to combat other serious crimes; (2) the involvement of local communities, recognizing that basic levels of security must be in place first in order for communities to benefit from the legal use of wildlife; (3) stronger interagency and cross-border collaboration; and (4) the deployment of innovative approaches, including the use of new identification and traceability tools, for the monitoring of wildlife populations, sustainable use, and trade

Following the Forum, IAF was included in a Field Event organized by CIC to which 60 top level guests were invited. This included a game-drive, dinner and a valuable interactive session addressed by Dr John Hanks, expert on Rhino conservation, moderated by Ali Kaka, CIC Ambassador for Africa. The dinner was addressed by Fundisile Mketeni, Head of the South African National Parks Board.

Gary Timbrell, EO

Cecil the Lion

Message from IAF President Lombard: "I appreciate that lion hunting has little to do with us, but this issue has created a great deal of bad publicity and comment regarding hunting and it is in our interest to try to get the true story out as well as some balanced comment."

The following message was received from Conservation Visions in Canada:

"What has often been lacking is a balanced approach and more complete treatment of the related issue of trophy hunting. Conservation Visions Inc. has produced a 16 minute film that features wildlife biologist Shane Mahoney who reviews the issue, presents the known facts. 

Shane also provides commentary on the realities of ecosystem and wildlife management, and evidence in support of legal and regulated hunting as a tool for conservation.

This is a valuable contribution to the larger debate that has stemmed from w an international incident and social media tsunami: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_WWEo7ofD4.

Rather than being divisive and alarmist, the film identifies the Cecil phenomenon as an opportunity for all people to realize the challenges facing wildlife conservation, and the role that hunting can and does play in supporting those. An MP4 download is available at:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/zaayss0hu3kl45v/AABExloPqtPi7kCVt0ABIlJ6a?dl=0

Here you could also download official copy of this letter.