Bridges to Biodiversity
The upcoming General Assembly in Portugal will be held under the theme "Bridges to Biodiversity," a powerful message paying tribute to Portugal's historical significance as a hub of cultural exchange. It symbolizes the interconnectedness of humans, animals, and the environment, emphasizing unity in diversity. "Bridges to Biodiversity" also recognizes the CIC's pivotal role as a bridge builder, aligning with the Global Biodiversity Framework and leading the way in global conservation efforts. It signifies the urgent need for solidarity and unity between the Global North and South to address environmental challenges and calls for action to mend the fractures, restore ecosystems, and strengthen the bonds that tie us to nature. The conference holds the potential to be a crucial step towards a more interconnected world, bridging the gaps between people and between humanity and nature.
18-21 April 2024
Dear Friends of the CIC,
As the pressures on biodiversity, people and the planet grow with each passing day, so too does the need for cooperation to enact global change. It is with this in mind that we have chosen upon the theme for the 70th General Assembly in Cascais, Bridges to Biodiversity.
The CIC has always worked as a convener, bringing together stakeholders from different sectors and disciplines across all of state and civil society.
As a bridge builder, we need to understand the best ways to create alliances that work in harmony to build a truly interconnected world.
How can we empower hunters as stewards of our natural world? How do we bring together rural voices and policymakers? How can we link sustainable use and the wildlife economy? All this and more will be explored in Cascais as part of an action-packed agenda with Technical Sessions and keynote speakers, all as part of an open forum for in-depth discussion.
Perhaps most important of all, we will be unveiling the CIC 2030 Programme which is due to be adopted as part of General Assembly proceedings.
Carefully crafted over the past year, the Programme is founded on outputs from the 69th General Assembly and will work to support global conservation goals such as the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework.
The Programme will serve as a roadmap for the CIC up until the end of this decade, which will also mark the 100th anniversary since the establishment of our organisation.
I therefore welcome you to join us in Cascais to be a part of this new chapter for the CIC.
Dr. Philipp Harmer
President of the CIC
Dear Members of the CIC, As Head of the Portuguese Delegation, it is an honour for me to welcome Members and friends of the CIC to join us in Cascais for the 70th General Assembly. This marks the return of the General Assembly to our country after a period of 60 years, with the CIC last holding its General Assembly in the iconic city of Lisbon back in 1963. I could not think of a more fitting location for this special occasion given our upcoming theme, Bridges to Biodiversity. The theme is reflective of our nation’s rich history as a hub that connects continents and celebrates a blend of diverse cultures. From our history to our culture - our art to our cuisine - Portugal's vibrant tapestry has been woven together by an interplay of worldwide traditions. Over the course of your stay in Cascais, we hope to show you some of these traditions through a number of exciting Technical Sessions, exhibitions and special events we have lined up. In doing so, we will look to highlight the intrinsic link between humans, animals, and the environment, underscoring its historical connection to hunters and sustainable hunting practices. The General Assembly is also of course an occasion for the extended CIC Network to come together in celebration. With all it has to offer, Cascais will serve as the perfect backdrop for us all to reunite and engage in delightful discussions. I hope to see you all personally this coming April. Dr. Alvaro Moreira Head of Delegation
Dear Participant, Dear Ambassador of Cascais! Bom dia! It’s a true honour to welcome you to the best place to live for a day or a lifetime, Cascais. My name is Bernardo Corrêa de Barros, a passionate Cascais inhabitant, with the privilege of being the President of Cascais Tourism Board. Despite your short visit, I hope you have the chance to experience a little bit of Cascais atmosphere and our very special way of life – the good energy of the immense sea ahead and the 300 days of sun. The People of Cascais is our greatest asset, but we also have the beaches and landscapes, fresh fish and seafood at every corner, our vibrant events calendar, and certainly the good vibes! Pretty much the enchantment of the simple things in life! Enjoy and be very happy in Cascais, for a day or a lifetime. Bernardo Corrêa de Barros President of the Cascais Tourism Board
CIC Business Meetings
9:00-18:00 Registration 13:00-14:45 CIC Council Meeting (Including State Members and National Association Meetings) 14:45 Coffee break 15.00 - 16:45 CIC Council Meeting (Including State Members and National Association Meetings) 16:45 Coffee break 17:00 - 18:30 CIC Executive Committee Meeting 19:00 Reception & Council dinner
Bridges to Biodiversity
7:30-20:00 Registration 09:00-10:00 Opening Ceremony 70th General Assembly Welcome Address: Alvaro Moreira, CIC Head of Delegation, Portugal & Dr. Artur Torres Pereira, President CIC Portuguese National General Assembly & President Clube Português de Monteiros Opening Address: Dr. Philipp Harmer, President of the CIC High-Level Government Representative, Portugal Duarte Cordiero, Minister of Environment and Climate Action, Portugal (TBC) Carlos Carreiras, Mayor of Cascais (TBC) Keynote Address: Humberto Delgado Rosa, Director Natural Capital, DG Environment, European Commission (TBC) 10:00-10:10 Hunting in Portugal António Paula Soares, European Landowners Organization 10:10-10:30 Coffee break 10:30-11:10 Bridges to Biodiversity – Spotlight on the Portuguese Perspective Helena Freitas, Universidade de Coimbra João Bravo, Corporate Sector Representative Nuno Banza, President, Instituto da Conservação da Natureza e das Florestas (ICNF), Portugal Jose A. Alves, Department of Biology and CESAM, University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal Paulo C. Alves, University of Porto 11:15-11:55 Bridging Continents: North American Insights for Global Conservation Introduction and Moderation: Shane Mahoney, President of Policy and Law Division Panel Discussion (30 Min) Ron Regan, Executive Director, Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies Tony Wasley, President, Wildlife Management Institute Corey Mason, CEO, Dallas Safari Club 12:00-13:30 Lunch break 13:30-14:00 Bridging Humanity: Unveiling the Untold Stories of Hunting and Conservation Robbie Kröger, Founder and Executive Director, Blood Origins 14:00-14:10 Charting the Course: Defining Success and Framing Our Dialogue Sebastian Winkler, Director General of the CIC 14:10-15:00 Bridging Ecosystems and Culture: A Look into Our Afternoon Sessions Executive Briefing: Applied Science Division Dr. Klaus Hackländer, President of Applied Science Division Special Address: Dr. Jacques Trouvilliez, Executive Secretary, Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) Executive Briefing: Culture Division Bernardin Malou, President of Culture Division Special Address: Dr. Zoltán Kovács, Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Relations of Hungary, & CIC Head of Delegation Hungary 15:00-15:20 Coffee break 15:20-16:00 Applied Science Division Session 1: Small Game in Europe Session Leader: Dr. Jacques Trouvilliez, Executive Secretary, Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) & Péter Pál Hajas, Perdix Central Europe Facilitator: Francis Buner, Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust *** Culture Division Session 1: Hunting for Art Session Leader: Victoria Lamarche, Vice President of Culture Division Facilitator: Willem- Jan Hoogsteder, Hoogsteder Museum 16:05-16:45 Culture Division Session 2: Communicating Hunting to a Wider Audience Session Leader: Sarah Roberts, Environmental Author, British Uplands Podcast Facilitator: Robbie Kröger, Founder and Executive Director, Blood Origins *** Policy and Law Division Session 1: The Bounty of the Wild Session Leader: Lauren Coad, CIFOR Bushmeat Initiative Facilitator: Shane Mahoney, President of Policy and Law Division 16:50-17:30 Policy and Law Division Session 2: Sustainable Wildlife Enterprise Session Leader: Bupe Banda, Chair of IPLC Working Group Facilitator: Dr. Frank Vorhies, African Wildlife Economy Institute *** Applied Science Division Session 2: Large Carnivore Management in Europe Session Leader: Valeria Salvatori, Istituto di Ecologia Applicata Facilitator: Prof. Dr. Klaus Hackländer, President of Applied Science Division 17:35-17:50 A Vaccine Against African Swine Fever: José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno Rodríguez, OIE Expert on African Swine Disease (15 min) 19:00 Presidential reception for donors 20:00 Welcome dinner Dress code: Hunting elegant
9:00-09:45 Division Presidents: Shane Mahoney (Policy and Law), Bernardin Malou (Culture), Prof. Dr. Klaus Hackländer (Applied Science) 09:45-10:00 Artemis Session Beatrix Ban, President of Artemis Working Group 10:00-10:40 Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities Session Bupe Banda, Chair of IPLC Working Group Flavio Bezerra Barros, Professor University of Belem and Advisor to President Lula on Indigenous Peoples 10:40-11:00 Coffee break 11:00-12:00 Young Opinion Session Krzysztof Kowalewski, President of Young Opinion Working Group 12:00- 12:30 CIC Regional Forums: Nordic and Baltic Regional Forum Central and Eastern European Regional Forum Mikael Antell-President of the Nordic and Baltic Regional Forum Dr. Imrich Suba, President of the Central and Eastern European Regional Forum 12:30-14:00 Lunch break 14:00-14:10 Implications of Climate Change on Wildlife (Chamois project) Prof. Dr. Klaus Hackländer, President of CIC Applied Science Division 14:15-15:00 Bridging Local Perspectives: Paving the Way Forward on One Health, Human-Wildlife Conflict and Climate Change Case Studies from Central Asia and the Caucasus Regions Enkee Shiilegdamba, CIC Expert and former DG of the Wildlife Conservation Society, Mongolia Representatives from the Ministries of Environment in Central Asia and the Caucasus Regions Turgunbaev Melis Jusupzhanovich, Kyrgyz Republic, Minister of Natural Resources, Ecology, and Technical Supervision (TBC) Sheralizoda Bahodur Ahmadjon, Republic of Tajikistan, Chairman of the Committee for Environmental Protection (TBC) Tserendorj Uranchimeg, Mongolia, Director General Natural Resources and Coordination Department Ministry of Environment and Tourism (TBC) Moderator: Kurt Alt, Wild Sheep Foundation 15:00-15:20 Bridging Nations for 2030 Biodiversity Action: Uniting Existing and New State Members H.E. Mr Dumedzweni Mthimkhulu, Botswana, Minister of Environment & Tourism Generale Donato Monaco, Italy, Deputy Chief of the Cabinet of the Ministry of Agriculture Food Sovereignty and Forests (TBC) High-level Representative from Qatar 15:20-15:40 Coffee break 15:40-16:40 Moving into Business/Referring to written documentation Presidents and DG’s Report Divisions’ Reports Membership Report Adopting new resolutions and recommendations & 2030 Program Report of the Treasurer and Auditors 16:45-17:15 Celebrating the past and the future Awards ceremony Flag ceremony Closing remarks 20:00 Gala dinner Hunting Auction (Tristan Breijer, Chair CIC Auction Taskforce)
Mafra National Palace, UNESCO World Heritage Site 10:30 Departure from Cascais 10:50 Arrival in Mafra 11:00 Guided tour in English to the National Palace of Mafra (courtesy of the Municipality of Mafra and MNP) 12:30 Carrilhão (92 huge bells) Recital by carrilhanista (player) Abel Chaves (courtesy of the Municipality of Mafra and the MNP) 13:05 Lunch in the south tower of the MNP (courtesy of the provision of space by the Municipality, with the organization being responsible for hiring the catering service) 14:30 Short tour of the historic center of Mafra 15:15 Return to Cascais *** Other option Selected Tours around Cascais, TBD
Venue & Accommodation
Hotel Cascais Miragem Health & Spa *****
There's no better place to experience the beauty of the Lisbon coast than Hotel Cascais Miragem Health & Spa.
Ideally located in front of the Atlantic Ocean overlooking Estoril and Cascais Bay, Hotel Cascais Miragem Health & Spa, a 5-star Hotel, is just 30 minutes from Lisbon's international airport and 15 minutes from the charming village of Sintra.
Its location also allows easy access on foot to the center of Cascais, Estoril, the sea, the mountains, and the city. The rooms and suites are designed to provide an experience of comfort, elegance, and tranquility for business or pleasure, with most rooms and suites having spacious terraces that provide an authentic feeling of fullness—designed to relax and provide all the comforts of home combined with the tranquility of a relaxing getaway by the sea.
Important notice: Please book your accommodation at the Miragem Hotel as CIC has reserved rooms for you in advance!
In case you would like to arrive earlier or extend your stay, please use the "Comment" box on the check-out page or get in touch with the hotel. The room rates will be the same.
Av. Marginal 8554, 2754-536