Abu Dhabi: UAE-based non-profit organization established to raise awareness of the value of falconry as a common human heritage and art, Emirates Falconers Club is organizing an international conference on role of indigenous people and local communities in linking intangible cultural heritage and wildlife conservation at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).
The conference held under the theme “Sustainability and Heritage…A Reborn Aspiration”, from 26th of September to the 2nd of October 2022, is organized in cooperation with the International Association for Falconry and Conservation of Birds of Prey (IAF), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
The Conference will witness the participation of 24 young falconers (aged 18 to 30) representing 24 countries across the globe.
Mr. Majid Ali Al Mansouri, Secretary-General of Emirates Falconers Club, Chairman of the Conference’s Higher Organizing Committee shared.
The event aims to encourage communications between falconers and indigenous people and local communities, promote falconry and correct misinformation about it, educate the public about the role of falconry in sustainable hunting, encourage cultural approaches to restore ecosystems through sustainable use, recognize the role of falconry as an important heritage in local and indigenous communities and the leading role falconers can play in achieving heritage conservation and preservation goal.
The conference will also shed light on the role of the IAF in promoting the legal practice of falconry, and focus on highlighting the conservation portals and the student education project through cooperation with schools, and the International Falconry Festival, thus highlighting the UAE’s commitment to preserving and promoting falconry around the world.
Dr. Adrian Lombard, Chairman of the Sustainable Use and Ecosystems Management Group at IUCN, will moderate the Conference with the participation of Gary Timber as a representative of the IAF.
Through its multiple sessions, the Conference will also address, through its multiple sessions, the contributions of falconers and hunters in promoting the sustainable use of natural resources, and innovative ways through which falconers contribute to sustainable hunting.