New Director General
After eight years as Director General of the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC) Kai-Uwe Wollscheid leaves the Administrative Office in Budapest and turns to new tasks.
At the occasion of the meeting of the CIC Executive Committee at the Palárikovo Castle in the Slovak Republic, where 80 years ago the CIC was established, and which now serves as the CIC museum, the new CIC President Bernard Lozé and Honorary President Dieter Schramm paid tribute to the former Director General’s outstanding achievements for the organization, particularly in the reorganization and reorientation of the CIC. "Kai-Uwe Wollscheid has established the CIC as an internationally recognized pioneer of sustainable hunting," said Mr. Schramm. Mr. Wollscheid initiated and built up the cooperation particularly with international organizations such as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and many others with a lot of personal effort. The formation of alliances between hunters and other partners interested in sustainable use and conservation of natural resources was of special concern for him "The CIC is now a worldwide demanded and recognized player at the international stage, where the future of wildlife and hunting is shaped," stressed the Honorary President. Mr. Wollscheid gained special recognition for the CIC in this regard through the participation in the drafting and adoption of the so-called Addis Ababa Principles and Guidelines for the Sustainable Use of Biodiversity of the United Nations and the European Charter on Hunting and Biodiversity.
His successor is the German-Hungarian Tamás Marghescu, who until August 2009 led the IUCN Regional Office for Europe in Brussels and serves as Special Adviser to the CIC since January 2010.
At the occasion of the farewell to Mr. Wollscheid the constituency of CIC presented Mr. Wollscheid as a token to his services to the CIC with a handmade rifle produced by Waffen Kessler in Germany.
Rolf D. Baldus
President of the Tropical Game Commission