Wednesday 1 February 2023 @ 9:30 - 13:30 CET
ECR MEPs Andrey Slabakov and Pietro Fiocchi host a discussion on the positive role of hunters in protecting biodiversity across the Union.
Often forgotten and stigmatised, hunters and fishermen play an indispensable role in safeguarding biodiversity. In particular, the event will focus on three pressing issues. Firstly, the total ban of the use of lead in wetlands. The definition of wetlands lacks clarity, definition and intelligibility and is contrary to general principles of EU law, in particular those of proportionality and legal certainty. It is also problematic for sports and economic activities, such as hunting and fishing. Secondly, the sharp increase in the wolf population, which has led to economic damage to local communities across the Member states. Thirdly, CITES (Convention International Trade In Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora), which bans legal trophy hunting import and export, thus having a negative impact on both hunters and local communities in African countries.
Where: SPAAK 1A2
A live video link is available here.
Opening and welcome @ 9:30
Intervention of National Ministers @ 9:40
The positive effect of hunting for protecting biodiversity @ 10:00
- Biodiversity and habitats: The role of hunters and the influence of the EU Common Agricultural Policy
- Large carnivores and the need for sustainable management of their populations as a means of minimizing conflict with humans: The case for downgrading wolves from strictly protected species to protected species
The upcoming proposal for banning lead for hunting and fishing in the EU and the consequences of the ban of lead shot in wetlands - short and long-term effects, efficacy and the question of fairness @ 11:15
The ban on imports of hunting trophies under the CITES system - short and long-term effects @ 11:40
Closing remarks @ 12:00
Discussion @ 12:10
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