The 21st Session of the CIC Coordination Forum for Central and Eastern Europe took place in Skopje, North Macedonia, on 26 February 2020. The meeting was well-attended, with some 30 participants including CIC Honorary President, Bernard Lozé and CIC Director General, Tamás Marghescu who greeted participants on behalf of CIC President, George Aman.
The meeting began with a welcome speech from the President of the Hunting Federation of Macedonia, Mr. Vlatko Aleksovski, followed by a welcome from the President of the CIC Coordination Forum for Central and Eastern Europe, Mr. Vasil Vasilev.
Participants from Central and Eastern Europe presented the latest state of hunting in their countries, contemporary challenges facing hunting, and the organisation of hunting movements in the region.
Some of the main challenges included the destruction of habitats through intensive agriculture, forestry and urbanisation; changing climates; and the illegal capture and killing of wild game.
African swine fever was the focal topic of the day. The meeting allowed participants to present an update on the situation in their respective countries. Ultimately, the discussions centred around disease prevention and control, and some of the mistakes and lessons that could be learned from past experiences.