58th CIC General Assembly
12-15 May 2011
The 58th CIC General Assembly was held in Saint Petersburg, Russia on 12-15 May 2011 under the motto “Hunting – a part of cultural heritage”.
For the first time on-line registration and all other organizational information as well as many useful information about Saint Petersburg were made available on a website created specially for this occassion: www.cic2011.ru
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Leaders on Wildlife Conservation Talk Action: Outcome of the 58th CIC General Assembly
“Hunting – a part of our cultural heritage” was the motto of the 58th General Assembly of the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC) – the World Forum for Sustainable Hunting – gathered in the beautiful scenery of the “city of white nights”, the cultural capital of the Russian Federation and a UNESCO World Heritage Site – Saint Petersburg.
This year’s CIC General Assembly was hosted by the Russian Delegation of CIC, and more than 500 participants from 42 countries from around the world enjoyed the gracious hospitality of the Government of the Russian Federation, the City of Saint Petersburg and the Russian Alliance of Public Associations of Hunting and Fishing.
Leaders were invited from the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), the European Commission, the World Bank, the European Landowners Organization (ELO), the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), and the Federation of Associations for Hunting and Conservation of the European Union (FACE) as well as government delegations, national hunting organizations and wildlife experts.
During the Opening Ceremony at the prestigious Smolny Institute, leaders of major international bodies confirmed that hunting is increasingly recognized by the public as an asset for society and economies. Many references were made to the success of falconry, which has been inscribed as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage, demonstrating that indeed hunting is part of human culture and that hunting is an inseparable part of human development.
The 58th CIC General Assembly has voted on its newly adapted Statutes, which were elaborated by the CIC Legal Council, as a direct consequence of implementing the “CIC 2010”project also referred to as “Perform CIC”. The other main internal change in CIC’s management is the newly elected Executive Committee.
The CIC adopted a Resolution to prepare a Recommendation against artificial manipulation of wildlife to be passed at the forthcoming General Assembly and a Resolution on supporting the Global Tiger Initiative, joining the partnership framework established by the World Bank.