Welcome to the International Association for Falconry
Our organization is dedicated to the preservation of the ancient art of falconry, a hunting tradition defined as 'taking quarry in its natural state and habitat by means of trained birds of prey'. Preserving falconry involves maintaining not only the traditional culture that builds practical skills of empathy with animals, but also the conservation of raptors and their prey through preservation of natural habitats. We therefore encourage falconry within the context of sustainable use of wildlife.
We also promote ecological studies and veterinary research on birds of prey and, where appropriate, domestic breeding of raptors for falconry, including such species as Peregrine falcons, Goshawks, Saker and Gyr falcons and all other species of raptors in whatever part of the world they may be used for falconry and hunting.
In our site, you will find pages on the history of falconry and its role in conservation, its contribution to culture as well as details of how modern falconry is practised. You can visit our extensive Global Membership list, and read about our worldwide activities in the IAF Newsletter.
IAF is an accreditated NGO providing advisory services to UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Committee (NGO-90006) and an accreditated member of IUCN International Union for Conservation of Nature.
In memorial of Frank Bond
Friends, Fellow Falconers,
It is with a heavy heart that I must inform you that Frank Bond died on Christmas Day following a brave fight against cancer. His passing leaves us all the poorer as he was an implacable champion of Falconry and a great pillar of support for the IAF.
Frank made an enormous contribution to the IAF, first as Vice President for the Americas, then serving six years as our President. In the past year he has been an invaluable support, to myself and to our organization, as General Counsel to the IAF. [Read more]
46th IAF Council of Delegates
The 46th IAF Council of Delegates Meetin will be help in America Latina Posadas, Misiones, ARGENTINA from 6th to 10th August 2015 with the support of the Güira Óga Association, the Brazilian Association for Falconers and Preservation of Birds of Prey (ABFPAR)and of the Ministery of Ecology, Renewable Resources and Tourism of the Province of Missiones. It possible to find all information about the IAF AGM agenda, hunting and tourist options, transportations and accomodations clicking HERE.
Report on 45th IAF Council of Delegates Meeting
The 45th IAF Council of Delegates Meeting in Doha was the biggest in the history of the organization, with delegates and representatives from 52 different countries. In all 141 people attended the meeting. Generous funding from our hosts in Qatar enabled attendance by many Asian and North African countries who had previously been unable to send representation to an IAF Meeting. The organization of the meeting was led by an IAF and Algannas team ensuring success. A considerable amount of work was achieved, including some significant constitutional changes. Three new member organizations were welcomed: Korea Birds of Prey, Vietnam Falconers' Club, Asociacíon Uruguaya Cetrería, and observer status was granted to Australia - Western Australian Raptor Rehabilitation Association (WARRA), Chile – Asociación Chilena de Cetrería y Conservación de Aves de Presa, Ecuador - Fundación Parque Cóndor, Taiwan - Taiwan Association for Falconry Culture and Raptor Conservation and Armenia, all of which are in existence less than the two years need for membership of IAF. We look forward to corresponding and co-operating with all these organizations. Click here to see some photos of the 45th AGM.
Doha, 1st Veterinary Conference
The Doha conference "Veterinary Medicine for falconry in the 21st century", held as part of the events organized by IAF with generous sponsorship and collaboration of the Algannas Society of Qatar and Souq Waqif Falcon Hospitaal, has been receiving many accolades. The three day conference included lectures by the world's top raptor veterinarians and was attended by over 90 vets and students from almost 30 countries. Most veterinary conferences are unable to include practical sessions, but, thanks to the fantastic facilities and help from the Souk Waqif Falcon Hospital, wetlab sessions were held on raptor ophthalmology, orthopaedics and endoscopy, enabling students and interested vets to gain first hand experience in a state-of-the-art setting. For more info click here.
2014 International Festival Of Falconry
The Emirates Falconers’ Club, Abu Dhabi will host the 2014 International Festival Of Falconry from 6-14th December 2014. The festival will be in two stages. The first stage will be held out in the desert where they have arranged a new hunting ground, about one hour and half outside Abu Dhabi City. People will live and hunt here for three days - restricted to 1.000 falconers, not open to the public. The organizers also inform us that the second stage will be held inside Abu Dhabi city to ensure a huge public attendance and this is the chance for the falconers of the world to showcase their sport and culture over three days. There are more details of the event on the festival website www.falconryfestival.com
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Recent & Next IAF Events
46th IAF AGMPosadas, Misiones, ARGENTINA
26th International Ornithological CongressTokyo, Japan
61st CIC General AssemblyMilan, Italy
45th IAF Council of Delegate MeetingDoha
World Falconry DayWorldwide
IAF attend the Saker Task Force Stakeholders WorkshopAbu Dhabi, Emirates
IAF attend the FACE Biodiversity Conference and to FACE General MeetingBrusseles, Belgiun
IAF Conseravtion posters in foyer of 2013 Congress of International Union of Game Biologists in BrusselsBrusseles, Belgiun
44th IAF Council Delegate MeetingValkenswaard, Netherlands
IAF attends the 60th General Assembly of CICPrague, Bratislava, Budapest
IAF attends the CMS UEAAbu Dhabi (UEA)
Frank Bond retired as IAF President
AGM Meeting, NebraskaKearney (USA)
Falconry Exhibition EPBrussels (Belgium)
Woman Working GroupBrussels (Belgium)
CITES World Wildlife Day
The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has revealed the logo designed to commemorate the first World Wildlife Day, to be held 3 March 2014.
All countries, organizations and interested individuals are welcomed by CITES to employ the logo in their celebration of World Wildlife Day. The logo is offered in the 6 official languages of the UN: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. Detailed instructions on how to use the logo will be made available on the CITES news page.
Summit Hunters United Against Wildlife Crime
Hunters of the world will gather at the 2014 General Assembly of the CIC in Milan, Italy for a historic World Summit on the 24th of April 2014. The Summit is organized as an urgent response by hunters all over the world, who are concerned by the new dimensions which wildlife crime (poaching and illegal trade of wildlife) is taking, including an increase in the prevalence of organized crime. This new face of wildlife crime requires an overhaul of the current management actions. Together, hunters as a united force are able to substantially support enforcement efforts against wildlife crime at all levels. Click HERE for more info.
26th International Ornithological Congress, Tokyo
The 26th International Ornithological Congress (IOC) will be held in Tokyo, Japan in the summer of 2014. Ornithology is developing rapidly and leading all levels of biology from ecosystems to molecules. The scientific and conservational activities in ornithology have been advancing in Asia as well as around the world. Japanese nature and culture are unique and wonderful. The IOC2014 in Tokyo will be a great opportunity for all participants to discuss about many aspects of avian biology and to enjoy the nature and culture of Japan and the neighboring areas. Click HERE for more info.
Invasive Alien Species: an EU Regulation
The 45th IAF Council of Delegates Meeting in Doha, 2014, was addressed by Mr. George Kremlis, Head of Unit DG ENV.D1, European Commission. Mr. Kremlis outlined the proposed regulation and addressed concerns being expressed in the falconry community. He clarified that IAS are Transported, through deliberate or accidental human action, outside their natural range across ecological barriers and can have serious negative impacts on biodiversity, as well as on human health and the economy. IAS are considered the second major cause of biodiversity loss.
The guiding principles of the proposed regulation are prioritisation based on proportionality, focussing on prevention using an internationally recognised approach and using existing instrument and increase coordination, recognising MS measures – balancing coordination and flexibility to minimise implementation costs.
The cost implications of such a regulation are huge, with over 12,000 alien species in Europe, 10-15% of which are considered invasive (1200-1500). IAS cost €12 billion/year in the EU and the higher the numbers increasing the higher will be the costs. The current cost of action of € 1.4 billion/yr is also expected to increase.
Proposed measures involve an initial additional cost of action of € 26-40 million/yr followed by a decrease of cost of action below the € 1.,4 billion/yr . The total cost would remain under control and the magnitude of benefits would increase over time as increasing numbers of invasions are avoided.
Mr. Kremlis illustrated his presentation with tables and he graciously answered questions from the floor. Click here for more information on the Invasive Alien Species legislation in Europe.