42nd Council of Delegates Meeting 2011 -
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Al Ain, UAE - December 2011

List of Nations attending: Argentina, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Belarus, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Rep, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Georgia , Greece , Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kyrgyzstan,, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malta, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, El Salvador, Serbia Montenegro, Scotland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, UAE, United Kingdom, United States, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Zimbabwe.

58 countries, 130 people as at 3rd Dec. 2011


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 DAY 1 – 13th December 2011

The Meeting was opened by the President – Frank Bond
The following renowned Falconers who had died were remembered:

H.H.Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan by H.E. Majid al Mansouri who noted that he was considered to be the father of Falconry in the UAE and in the region.  He had established a protected area in Morocco and had initiated the release of Houbara in the range states.  He had encouraged development of human infrastructure and agriculture as well as wildlife and the planting of indigenous trees.  He had encouraged the use of captive bred falcons and did a great deal for regional and international Falconry.
Christian de Coune by Frank Bond – Past President of the IAF.
Eckart Schormair by Thomas Richter – Past President of the DFO and of the IAF.
Walter Norbert Crammer by Christian Habich – longest serving officer in the OFB and past Secretary of the IAF.
El Haj Smain Al Biyaz of Morocco by Habdehak Chouani.
Gunther Trommer by Janusz Sielicki. He was a member of Polish Falconers Club "Gniazdo Sokolnikow" and German Falconers Club "Deutcher Falkenorden", Peregrine breeder, veterinarian and member of Peregrine Recovery teams in Poland and Germany

Presidential Report – Frank Bond
Vice Presidential report – Bohumil Straka
Vice Presidential report – Ralph Rogers

Financial report  was presented. A Delegate from Belgium questioned expenditure on the Business Plan.  Frank Bond explained that this was to pay consultants to develop the plan for a Professional Office. The money was raised and did not come from membership dues. Mark Williams asked what the average annual expenditure was and Antonio Carapuco responded that this was about €20,000. The 2011 accounts were proposed by Hilary White of Ireland and seconded by Dan Cecchini of USA.  Accepted unanimously.

Janusz Sielicki – Report on the Saker Working Group from the Convention on Migratory Species (see attachment 8)
IAF Newsletter / Journal Editor – Anthony Crosswell  
Public relations Officer – Gary Timbrell.
IAF Data Base proposal – Dan Cecchini.

CITES Proposal – To seek down-listing of the Peregrine falcon and the Gyrfalcon from Appendix I to Appendix II (see attachment 12).  All in favor except Spain who opposed the down-listing of the Gyrfalcon.

Data base of Falconry Bird Electrocutions proposal. Accepted unanimously.

Women’s Falconry Network presentation – Dianne Möller. Discussion followed.  The President appointed this group as the Women’s Working Group if the IAF.  He stated that he would appoint a Chairman and would, himself, be an ex-officio member.   He indicated that the group should deliberate the issues that need to be addressed and would report back in 2012.  He asked that the group be expanded to include Marcella Medkova of Czech Republic and a woman representative from Slovakia.

DAY 2 – 14th December 2011.

The Meeting was opened by Frank Bond who noted the developing relationship with FACE and introduced Angus Middleton, Director of FACE to the Council.
Angus Middleton addressed the Council of Delegates.  He noted that FACE is the European Hunting Federation.  It represents Hunters from 37 countries in Europe and is the largest organization in the World representing the interests of Hunters.  Its membership includes Falconers as many belong to the organizations represented by FACE.  He stated that the EU dominates organizations which control and regulate hunting.  He also noted that cooperation with the IAF works well.  He high-lighted problem areas:

1. Alien Species Legislation: there has been a strong attack on Falconry.  There has also been a focus on released game including Mallards and Partridge for hunting.
2. The Birds Directive.  This is an issue where the IAF and FACE will work together.  European Countries align themselves.  The reopening of the Birds Directive has been delayed.  Hunters are teaming up and must work together on this.
3. UNESCO Recognition of Falconry as an Intangible Cultural Heritage has been a huge contribution and this has benefited all hunters.
4. He thanked the IAF for its contribution and for its cooperation with FACE.

The Meeting was addressed by Dr. Awadh Ali Saleh Al Musabi, Past president of UNESCO ICH Committee,  now Senior Policy Strategist of the Abu Dhabi Authority of Cultural and Heritage.  He welcomed the IAF to Abu Dhabi and to Al Ain.  He thanked participants in the developmental process of the UNESCO Achievement. He noted that the Falconry submission was the largest one received by UNESCO and would remain the largest as new countries are joining.  He noted that Falconry had gained recognition as a Cultural Heritage and while there may be people who are not happy about this, we must realize that we are recognized and accepted.  The UAE takes pleasure in being able to lead this initiative and he hopes that Falconers will take this forward.  Falconers need to be united and to work together.  He was thanked by Frank Bond who made a presentation to him on behalf of the IAF.  He was also thanked by Bohumil Straka who thanked him on behalf of the Czech Republic and also made a presentation to him.

The President, Frank Bond, presented the IAF Business Plan for discussion.  This was included in the Booklet presented to all delegates. The President explained that there was a need to undergo an evolution.  The IAF had developed a strategic plan and, with the support of the Emirates Falconry Club, had employed a Business Consultant, Europraxis.  He noted that the fundamental point was “Are we able to fund the plan?” There is a need to find long term permanent sources of funding and this will be the task of his last term in the Presidency.  The Business Plan envisages a permanent office in Brussels staffed by a Chief executive and a support person.  There is also a plan to have a secondary office in Abu Dhabi.  The daily activities of the paid staff will be over-seen by the officers of the IAF.  The implementation of the Business Plan would improve communication with members and with other organizations.  The IAF Business Plan would facilitate the two main functions of the IAF, these are:

5. The development and perpetuation of Falconry as a Hunting Art.
6. Involvement in the Conservation of Birds of Prey.  In this regard it is envisaged that there will be the development of a Foundation, located in Abu Dhabi, to undertake fundraising and direction of Conservation Projects.  This would be done in two ways.  It may directly employ field scientists do undertake projects.  It may also act indirectly, to be involved in the funding of biological studies.  In this way, the Business Plan would assist the IAF to fulfill its mandate in terms of the Conservation effort.

He explained the issues of the Business Plan and emphasized the essential involvement of the IAF Officers and the Council of Delegates, as control of the Executive office and of the Foundation will rest with them.
Bohumil Straka supported him by stressing the need for the Business Plan. Igor Tavcar said that it was important to recognize the huge effort of volunteers in the IAF. Ladislav Molnar noted that the Business Plan had already been presented in Slovakia.   He stated that we understand the need for this and that there is no other way forward and called for support for the Business Plan. Christian Habich stated that he gave his full support from Austria as this needs to be done now.  He noted that the UNESCO bid showed the value of using professional people to make it work.  He recognized that there was no alternative. Janusz Sielicki supported this plan as it would show what we could achieve with professional support staff. Kamran Khan noted the importance of lobbying to achieve results. Adrian Reuter noted that the Foundation would create new partners with added involvement in Conservation. Bohumil Straka stressed that the addition of a professional office would not change the face of the IAF.

The motion was accepted by the Delegates.  Frank Bond noted that the executive had been granted a clear mandate to proceed with this.

The IAF Constitutional Changes as detailed in the Memorandum contained in the Booklet presented to all delegates were considered.  The President worked from the Memorandum and led delegates, step by step, through each alteration and called for comment – see attached.  It was noted that the Constitution, as amended, must be appropriately translated into one of the official languages of Belgium.  The secretary must arrange registration of the document with the appropriate authorities in Belgium.  The Council of Delegates, formally and unanimously, gave a mandate to the President to submit the agreed changes.

The Meeting was addressed by H.E. Mohamed al Bowadi who also showed a film of the First Falconry Festival held in Al Ain. 

Candidatures:

The Pakistan Falconry Club – accepted as a Member of the IAF.
The Namibian Falconry Club – accepted as an Associate member of the IAF.
The Raptor Club of Indonesia – accepted as a Corresponding Member of the IAF.
The Mexican Federation of Falconry (FEMEHA) – accepted as a Corresponding member of the IAF.
The Peregrinus Falconry Association of Romania – accepted as a Corresponding Member of the IAF.
The Russian Falconry Union – accepted as a Corresponding Member of the IAF.
The Society for Wild Animals “Falcon” of Poland. – accepted as a Member of the IAF.
Application of Association de sauvegarde du patrimoine culturel du dressage des oiseaux rapaces à kelibia of Tunisia was tabled but was too late for consideration at the 2011 AGM and was defered to 2012.
It was noted that applications had been received from Spain, Croatia, Russia, Egypt and South America but none of these clubs had yet completed the application process.
The Zimbabwe falconry Club applied to upgrade its membership status to full Member – this was accepted.
The Macedonian Falconry Club applied to upgrade its membership status to full Membership.  This was accepted.

National Reports: 
Only one National Report was formally presented to the Council of Delegates.  This was the report of Denmark and is attached.

Other national reports were not formally presented but are appended to the Minutes.