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Frank Bond's valedictory letter, December 2012

Thoughts for the New Year. Throughout many parts of the world we are blessed to practice falconry as a daily part of our lives. That blessing comes from the hard work of great falconry leaders in each nation and by the dedicated leadership of the IAF to represent falconry internationally. Together we have achieved incredible success in 2012. No doubt our achievements promise to be greater in the future. We are reminded of the benefits that the 2010 UNESCO recognition of falconry as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity will mean for the future protection, perpetuation, and expansion of falconry in new parts of the world[...]Download +


New member countries admitted to IAF: Azerbaijan, Kirghizstan, Belarus and Thailand. Asociación Colombiana para la conservación de las Aves de Presa y la cetrería (Columbia) was granted observer Status and the Centro de Rehabilitación de Aves Rapaces San
Isidro (also from Columbia) is now a supporting member. New clubs from existing member nations are: Guira Oga (Argentina), Association de Sauvegarde du Patrimoine Culturel du Dressage des Oiseaux Rapaces à Kelibia (Tunisia), Inter-regional Public Organization of
Conservation of Birds of Prey and Falconry Development "Association of Falconers” (Russia).[...]Download +

Falconry: 4000 years of hunting Art, November 2012

Falconers and fellow hunters from 18 countries gathered with EU decision-makers at the European Parliament in Brussels to launch a unique exhibition: IAF and FACE (European Federation for Hunting and Conservation) joined with European Parliament's Sustainable Hunting Intergroup President, Véronique Mathieu and MEP Bogdan Marcinkiewicz who hosted an internationally themed visual display at the very heart of Europe. The purpose behind the event was to show to Members of the European Parliament and officials the international and cultural aspects of falconry.[...]Download +

Formal Announcement of the IAF WWG, May 2012

During the AGM in Al Ain Dianne Moller gave a presentation regarding the initial work a small group of women from the US and Europe who undertook to begin to discuss falconry issues specifically related to women. In the United States and perhaps in Europe too, the number of women coming into falconry is increasing at a far greater rate than men. We know that some women have some challenges to becoming falconers, particularly if they have grown up in non-hunting families. Yet once in their national clubs, they are usually well accepted, in fact women are increasingly becoming leaders in their national clubs [...]Download +

IAF presence at Al Ain Conference, December 2011

The 2nd International Falconry Conference was held from 15th to 17th December in conjunction with festivities celebrating the inscription of Falconry onto UNESCO’s list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Mankind. It took place in Abu Dhabi Emirate, whose government led efforts to achieve recognition. The First Conference in 1976 was a vision of his late highness Sheikh Zayed. Over the three days of the conference, which ran three lecture theatres on each day, one quarter of the specialists, falconers, academics and scientists who gave presentations were IAF Advisory Committee Members, IAF National delegates, former delegates, or long-term friends of IAF [...]Download +

IAF signs the CMS Raptors MoU, December 2011

Al Ain, Abu Dhabi Emirate, 16th December 2011 the IAF signed a memorandum of understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia. The ceremony took place at the close of the Raptor Conservation sessions at the 2nd International Falconry Conference. IAF is only the second collaborating partner organisation (the other being Birdlife) to join the 38 countries that have signed the Raptor MoU. The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species acts under the auspices of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), 116 countries [...]Download +

Algannas Falconry Club joins the IAF, March 2011

The Algannas Falconry Club of Qatar proposed its candidature at the IAF AGM in Slovakia in October 2010. Membership was granted, provisional on the club obtaining the support of its membership. At the invitation of Algannas, Bohumil Straka (IAF Vice President for Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania) and AdrianLombard (IAF Executive Secretary) visited Qatar to meet members of the club board. Meetings took place over the course of three days, from 10th to 12th February, 2011 and at a formal meeting at the club headquarters membership of the IAF was accepted. [...]Download +