Since June 2014, high-level representatives of seven stakeholder organisations are members of the EU platform on Coexistence between People and Large Carnivores launched by the European Commission. They signed an agreement on the key principles of engagement in the activities of the Platform. In the following all eight stakeholder organisations are presented. Their represented members are to be found on their webpages below.
ELO - European Landowners' Organization
The European Landowners’ Organization (ELO), created in 1972, is a unique federation of national associations from the EU28, which represents the interests of the landowners, land and forest managers, and rural entrepreneurs at the European political level. ELO’s statutory commitment is to defend and promote sustainable development, conservation and protection of the environment, renewable energies, and responsible use of natural resources. ELO has developed a communication strategy including elaboration and coordination of action programmes, involvement in EU and international events, think-tank management, publication of position papers, etc. The efficiency of the organisation relies on its ability to gather together rural actors, land and forest managers, businesses, and political decision-makers at local, regional, national, and European levels. Its network of more than 64 organisations throughout Europe represents several million land and forest managers allows the organisation to voice positions shared by a huge number of stakeholders from all over the EU and the candidate countries as well as to analyse the local effects of the implementation of EU legislation.www.europeanlandowners.org
Joint representatives of Finnish and Swedish reindeer herders
The Reindeer Herders' Association is the steering, advisory, and expert organisation for reindeer husbandry made up of representatives from two organisations: The Reindeer Herders’ Association - RHA (Finland) and the Swedish Sami National Association (Sweden). RHA promotes reindeer husbandry and related research, provides advice on the reindeer industry, promotes initiatives advancing the development of reindeer husbandry and related industry, handles reindeer husbandry public relations with society, maintains reindeer fences along national borders, and maintains the register of earmarks including approving new ones. Swedish Sami National Association is an association of reindeer husbandry and Sami business and social issues. The organization's purpose is to protect and promote the Swedish Sami economic, social, legal, administrative and cultural interests with special reference to reindeer.
FACE - The European Federation of Associations for Hunting & Conservation
The European Federation of Associations for Hunting and Conservation (FACE) was founded in 1977. It represents the interests of Europe’s 7 million hunters as an international non-profit-making non-governmental organisation (INGO). This makes FACE the largest democratically representative body for hunters in the world and is probably one of the largest European civil society organisations. FACE is made up of its Members: national hunters’ associations from 35 European countries including the EU-28. FACE also has 4 Associate Members and has its Secretariat in Brussels. FACE upholds the principle of sustainable use, has been a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) since 1987, and more recently of Wetlands International. FACE works with its partners on a range of hunting-related issues, from international conservation agreements to local implementations with the aim of sustaining hunting across Europe.
CIC - The International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation
During its 87 years of existence, CIC has gained global recognition as an international, politically independent advisory body in the conservation of wildlife resources. Through its three Divisions (Policy and Law, Applied Science, Culture), the CIC promotes the principle of sustainable use as a vital tool for ecosystem conservation in international policy development. The CIC carries out projects, formulates recommendations and organises scientific conferences related to specific aspects of wildlife conservation and use as well as hunting traditions. The CIC works together with other leading wildlife conservation organisations such as IUCN through the Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management (CPW) which brings global focus to the subject of sustainable use of wildlife resources. With headquarters in Hungary, the CIC is active in 84 countries and includes in its membership, Governments, Associations and Universities as well as Experts and Private Individuals from all over the world.
IUCN - International Union for Conservation of Nature, European Union Representative Office
IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental network - a democratic membership union with more than 1,200 government and NGO member organizations, and almost 11,000 volunteer scientists in more than 160 countries. IUCN’s work focuses on valuing and conserving nature, ensuring effective and equitable governance of its use, and deploying nature-based solutions to global challenges in climate, food and development. IUCN supports scientific research, manages field projects all over the world, and brings governments, NGOs, the UN and companies together to develop policy, laws and best practice. The IUCN EU Representative Office in Brussels provides global services to the organization and vital linkages for IUCN (and its Members, National Committees, scientific Commissions and the global Secretariat) to key EU institutions and other public and private actors.
WWF - Worldwide Fund for Nature, European Policy Office
WWF is the world’s largest independent organisation devoted to nature conservation with one clear mission: to stop the degradation of our planet's natural environment and build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature. To achieve this mission, WWF focuses its effort on two main areas: to ensure biodiversity conservation avoiding loss of critical places and species and to reduce the impacts of human activity, the ecological footprint. For WWF the return of large carnivores in Europe is a conservation success story, and we work for the effective protection of these iconic species and their coexistence with humans.
EUROPARC is the largest European organisation of Protected Areas. It unites national and regional parks, nature and biosphere reserves, marine and landscape Protected Areas, together with a large number of Natura 2000 sites with the common aim of protecting Europe’s unique variety of wildlife, habitats and landscapes. The Federations’ members represent hundreds of responsible authorities and thousands of Protected Areas in 36 countries and is recognised around the world as a professional network of European Protected Areas. The EUROPARC Federation works to improve the management of Protected Areas in Europe through international cooperation, exchange of ideas and experience, and by influencing policy. Nature conservation together with sustainability in agriculture, rural development and tourism are part of our priorities, and they are critically connected with the need to ensure the coexistence between people and large carnivores in Europe.