All around the world, wild species have to share their territory with humans, especially on the Mediterranean coast of south-eastern France, where the 33rd IUGB Congress with the Perdix 14th symposium took place in late August.
The International Union for Game Biologists (IUGB) is an international non-profit organisation whose aims are to promote the improvement of knowledge about game biology and any other skill related to wildlife, and it is also a platform that allows networking between its Members. Every two years since the mid-1950’s, IUGB has brought together international wildlife biologists, forestry scientists, veterinarians, game managers, hunters and others with an interest in game or wildlife biology. The organisation encourages the exchange of scientific and practical knowledge in the field of game and wildlife management, the broad field of game biology, and the international co-operation.
The aim of the conference is to create a bridge among scientists, wildlife managers and authorities and those studying the human dimensions of wildlife management. The IUGB 2017 Congress is presenting works at the cutting edge of science, tackling topics related to agriculture, forestry, hunting, tourism, urbanization, economic development, ecosystem evolutions, climate change, and their relationships with wildlife. Practical tools, field methods, statistics, as well as conceptual breakthroughs is shared in Montpellier. In addition to the results of each study or experience, the Congress is also built on their conclusions to try highlighting the most appropriate management fallouts for local conditions and objectives.
The IUGB has always adopted a constructive position towards sustainable hunting, based on sound science, facts and figures. Univ.Prof. Dipl.-Biol. Dr.rer.nat. Klaus Hacklander, the President of the Applied Science Division of The International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC), and the Head of Institute of Wildlife Biology and Game Management at the University of Natural Resources and Wildlife Sciences in Vienna (BOKU), is one of the organisers of the Congress, and he is amongst the founders of the initiative. The International Council for Game & Wildlife Conservation (CIC) is offering significant support to IUGB and its work.
The final scientific programme can be found here.