Rencontre internationale Young Opinions organisée par la délégation belge du CIC
7th Global Youth for Sustainable Use – Belgium
During the last week of October 2011, the Young Opinion (YO) members of the Belgian CIC delegation organized the 7th edition of the Global Youth for Sustainable Use (GYSU) meeting, hosting 35 participants from 12 different nationalities.
During the intense 4-day event, the youngsters had one common subject in mind: Hunting for Conservation.
All 12 National delegations presented their country's initiatives, actions and particularities referring to the title. It was clear that when talking about nature and hunting... people could think that the 2 terms are mutually exclusive or independent. During these sessions, one could however notice that both aspects are linked and that from a hunter's perspective, they are completely inter-connected. The relation between nature conservation and hunting turned to be a WIN-WIN situation: For hunters, preserving nature is preserving their activity.
Following these presentations, participants had the great pleasure to hear a conference by Joseph van der STEGEN, from the European Commission, working at DG Environment and responsible for NATURA2000 in Belgium and France.
On Wednesday, participants had the opportunity to participate to a silent drive organized on the Crown Estate of Hertogenwald, a 6000ha hunting ground close to the German border. Stricts instructions were given by Colonel Thierry de Maere d'Aertrycke and Yves Pieper (DNF) to the participants:
- Have a maximum shooting distance of hundred meters
- Shoot on animals in a slow motion attitude in order to avoid wounding and to enable proper game identification and selection.
- Young opinions were allowed to shoot hinds and calves of red deer, roe deers and wild boars sparing leading females.
At lunch time, under the autumn sun, all participants, beaters and hunters, had the opportunity to share experience regarding the morning drives. Members from all delegations had either the occasion to observe game or to shoot. The afternoon drive was even more animated. At the end of the day, the 13 animals shot during the day were gathered for the "tableau" and the blow of the horns closed the hunting day.