09.30 – 10.00 Opening     

  • Welcome Gilbert de Turckheim, FACE President & Karl-Heinz Florenz MEP 
  • Keynote Address Janez Potocnik, European Commissioner for the Environment 

10.00 – 13.00 Session 1: International engagement for conservation of birds

  • The Birds Directive 1979 to 2014 - Yves Lecocq, FACE  
  • International conservation for migratory waterbirds – John Swift, FACE
  • The Birds Directive and habitat protection - Ariel Brunner, Birdlife International
  • Science basis – Prof. Colin Galbraith
  • Legal Issues - Charles Lagier
  • Integration – Antonino Morabito
  • Socio-cultural implications – Prof. Robert Kenward

Lunch Break & Networking

14.30 – 15.30 Session 2: The positive role of hunting

  • Partnership success (Ireland) - David Scallan & John Carslake
  • Hunting as a positive force for the conservation of a declining species  (France) - Benot Chevron
  • Strategies for bird conservation (Finland) - Christian Krogell

15.50 – 16.30 - Session 3: Future challenges and opportunities for the Birds Directive, Chair: John Swift, FACE

Panel discussion and conclusions

Full Agenda 


Tuesday September 23, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM CEST
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Committee of the Regions, Room JDE52 
101, Rue Belliard
Brussels 1000

Driving Directions 


The EU Birds Directive came into effect 35 years ago. To mark this anniversary FACE, in collaboration with the European Commission DG Environment, will hold a Conference in Brussels on 23 September 2014, inaugurated by Janez Potocnik, European Commissioner for the Environment.

FACE has been instrumental in the implementation of the directive in national legislation providing European hunters extensive knowledge and expertise on legal challenges and opportunities. 35 years of experience together with the commitment of FACE in favour of birds conservation constitute the premises for a new vision for the Birds Directive, fully acknowledging the positive role of hunting.  

On the same occasion 10 years of the BirdLife International / FACE Agreement signed in 2004 will also be marked.

This conference is aimed at Government officials, civil servants, environmental stakeholders, conservationists and all those wishing to gain a better understanding of the implementation status of the Birds Directive 35 years after on.



Yasmin Hammerschmidt 
FACE - Federation of Associations for Hunting and Conservation of the EU 
+32 (0) 2 732 6900