Take the next step: subscribe to IAF

Traditionally IAF has only allowed clubs or organizations to take part - now this is possible for individual falconers.

Dear Delegate, dear friend of IAF,

I am writing to invite you to join a select group of people among the international falconry community. These individuals care so much about ensuring the future of falconry in their own countries and throughout the world that they generously support the IAF with philanthropic contributions above and beyond their support of their national clubs.

At the 45th Council of Delegates Meeting the IAF voted to accept individual subscribers who may subscribe by using this online form

Adrian Lombard, President of IAF

What is the IAF? Why does my National Club belong to it?

Influences and controls on falconry so often come from outside national laws. The IAF is the Global Defence and Advocacy organization for falconry: we attend all those meetings so that you can go out practice falconry in the field.

  • We provide the international voice for falconers.
  • We defend your rights and privileges alongside your national club.
  • We are the face of falconry at international conventions and conferences.
  • We safeguard culture and practice of falconry for you, for your children and for their children.

Falconers share an international brotherhood, a common language and an understanding which bridges continents, races and religions. Falconry is a force for peace and friendship in the world. The IAF is your representative organization – we work for you and for all falconers. We are your insurance against outside attacks.

IAF Teams at the Conference on Migratory Species, Quito, Ecuador (left) and the Conference on Biodiversity, PyongYang, Korea (right) where falconry was successfully presented to officials and initiators of international conservation laws.

What does IAF do for me personally? Why should I bother?

IAF represents falconry throughout the world. Falconry is the traditional sport of taking game in its natural state and habitat by trained birds of prey. It is a hunting art. IAF supports hunting falconers all over the world and we represent them at international hunting organizations. These include both FACE (European Hunters’ Association) and CIC (International Council of Hunting).

We represent falconers at International Conventions that can influence hunting and falconry:

  • CITES
  • Conference on Biodiversity
  • Conference of Migratory Species
  • Bern Convention
  • IAF preserves and encourages falconry in the context of sustainable use of wildlife.
  • We support the sustainable use of quarry and of the environment.
  • We recognize sustainable use requires the presence of good conservation measures.
  • We are actively involved in the conservation of raptors and we promote the efforts of falconers all around the world.
  • We promote the development of veterinary care of raptors.
  • We encourage the breeding of falconry raptors.
  • IAF requires the observation of falconry, hunting, conservation and welfare laws, regulations, traditions and culture with regard to the taking, import, export and keeping of birds of prey, the taking of quarry species and the right of access to land in the country concerned.
  • IAF supports the legal practice of falconry and stands against wildlife crime.
  • We promote the culture of falconry and the rights of our membership and we help them in the development of suitable national regulations and legislation.
  • We promote falconry and the support of falconry as an intangible cultural heritage

Click here for registration to the Argentina Meet 6th August 2015

An IAF Board meeting and the IAF tent at the 2014 Falconry Festival in Abu Dhabi. Right: IAF at the Kazakhstan Roundtable - Falconry and Conservation

National delegates come together in Qatar, January 2014 for the Annual Council of Delegates Meeting.

Saker Task Force meeting of the CMS. IAF launches this year a major project as part of the Saker Global Action Plan.

Permitting INDIVIDUAL SUBSCRIBERS allows IAF to recognize and encourage financial donations made by individuals or corporations to the IAF and is designed to attract funding and talented individual falconers.

Extract from the IAF Constitution: "Subscription by individuals is not membership ... It shall allow the IAF to recognize and encourage financial donations made by individuals or corporations to the IAF and is designed to attract funding. Individual Subscribers shall not have voting rights, but may be invited to attend IAF events including the Assembly of Delegates and to volunteer for roles within the IAF."

INDIVIDUAL SUBSCRIBERS may be invited to attend IAF events and to volunteer for roles within the IAF. Different categories of Individual Subscriber recognize different scales of financial donation and are, together with their rights and obligations, determined by the President and approved by Council.

Various items can be purchased through the online webstore,some only available to subscribers. Click on the images for details. All subscribers will receive the IAF Journal.

Subscriber Categories:

Subscriber. This category requires an annual donation (€30.00). Subscribers receive a copy of the IAF Journal of Falconry and invitations to IAF events. They may be invited to volunteer for a role within the IAF. Online form.

Life Subscriber. This category requires a once off donation (€700.00). Life Subscribers receive the IAF Journal annually for 10 years and invitations to IAF events. They are listed in the IAF Journal in the year of their donation. They may be invited to volunteer for a role within the IAF. Online form.

Falconry Sponsor. This category requires a once off donation (€5,000.00 to 10,000.00).Falconry Sponsors receive the IAF Journal annually for life as well as invitations to IAF events.They are listed in the IAF Journal in the year of their donation with a photograph and CV if they wish.They may be invited to volunteer for a role in IAF.They receive official recognition in a ceremony at the AGM. Online form.

Falconry Patron. This category requires a once off donation (Over €10,000.00). Falconry Patrons receive the IAF Journal annually for life as well as invitations to IAF events. They are listed in the IAF Journal in the year of their donation including a one page article introducing them to IAF Member Organizations (if they wish). They may be invited to volunteer for a role within the IAF. They receive a presentation recognizing their contribution at a special ceremony (Private dinner with members of the IAF Board). Online form.

Corporate Patron of Falconry. This category requires a once off donation (Over €10,000.00). Corporate Supporters would receive 5 copies of the IAF Journal annually for 10 years as well as invitations to IAF events. They would be listed in the IAF Journal on the year of their donation including a one page article introducing them to IAF Members. They may advertise their association with the IAF. They receive recognition of their contribution presented at a special ceremony.

Long cushion/draft excluder; Belgian tapestry after Von Hohenstauffen's Medieval works. Available from IAF webstore.

Since 1968 the IAF has been an entirely voluntary organization that has achieved major results all over the world. Now we represent 67 countries and have entered a period where a professional staff is needed.

Generous funding has been received from Emirates Falconers Club for the start up of the permanent office, but there are time limits and we will need to find alternative funding sources in the future. You can help by subscribing and buying items from the webstore.

Subscribers are invited to attend the Argentina Council of Delegates Meeting as observers (click here).

Subscription by individuals is NOT membership as defined in the IAF Constitution; MEMBERSHIP is only open to organizations, not to individuals. Membership carries special obligations, such as sending a Delegate to sit and take part in the Council of Delegates, it has voting privileges and the right to nominate candidates in elections etc. (see Constitution document for details).

USA: the IAF is active on all continents that have falconers. This is the Council of Delegates meeting 2012 hosted in by NAFA

Valkenswaard, hub of European falconry from 16th to 19th century. The mayor and town council host the 2013 meeting.

Here you could also download official copy of this letter.

Data Protection: IAF Privacy Statement

IAF is "THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR FALCONRY AND CONSERVATION OF BIRDS OF PREY". IAF is a non-profit international association governed by the provisions of title III of the Law of 27th June 1921 on non-profit associations, foundations and international non-profit associations. IAF has its registered office at: Rue F. Pelletier 82, B-1030 Brussels, BELGIUM. All personal data collected on forms via our website is purely for internal use, for the processing of membership applications and subscriptions and for registrations for events. All personal data collected by IAF will be treated as strictly confidential and will not be used for marketing purposes or sold, disclosed or given to third parties unless required by Law. Credit Card and IBAN details are not stored by IAF and any financial transactions of this type have to be made fresh each time.

IAF does not collect IP addresses or use cookies or web beacons. Personal data collected by IAF will be stored purely to enable direct contact with the subscriber, member organization or person registering for an event. In order to serve its members and subscribers, IAF needs to hold only accurate, complete and up-to-date data which members and subscribers are encouraged to update regularly, at least annually, by email. IAF has a policy of reviewing all data supplied/obtained and deleting that which is not necessary, or which is no longer necessary.

Answers given in online forms to general, non personal, questions relating to falconry may be used in surveys beneficial to falconry and falconers throughout the world.

Under the Data Protection Acts a person has a right to be given a copy of his/her personal data. A Subject Access Request should be in writing to the above address or by email to info@iaf.org using the enquirer’s own email address that they used to submit the original data. A person also has a right to have his/her personal data corrected, if inaccurate, or erased. An Erasure Request should be in writing to the above address or by email to info@iaf.org using the enquirer’s own email address that they used to submit the original data. IAF takes your security responsibilities seriously, employing the most appropriate physical and technical measures, including staff training and awareness and reviewing these measures regularly.

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