Management of cynegetic activity

Project information

Index: 0340R1
Acronym:COMMONS
Priority:2: Environment and risk prevention
Sub Theme:Biodiversity and preservation of natural heritage (including air quality)
Location ESPAÑA ESTE Comuna de Bunyola Illes Balears Start/End date of the practice
Start: N/A

Topic of the practice

Traditional hunting

Good Practice Information

SPECIFIC OBJECTIVE OF THE PRACTICE :
To improve hunting management and to promote social, environmental and patrimonial values.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PRACTICE
Brief description of the intervention: Hunting activity has always been a main activity in Comuna de Bunyola. Some ancient modalities had disappeared due to new rules of preservation. Others, as "tord a coll" (narrow spaces situated in the forests, where a hunter is placed with a net and hunt the thrushes) are still in use. The modality of goat game with rifle is had emerged again it had increased, mainly, due to the changes in the economic island model of the last decades.
Bodies involved and relationship among the bodies (please describe the decision making process, the organisation among the bodies – agreements, if any – and the financial contribution of each body):
The involved bodies are:
- Town Council of Bunyola: At present, is the entitled of the game of Comuna de Bunyola, although, an agreement is been drafted in order to give the management of the game to the Societat de Caçadors (Hunting Association)
- The Environment department of Consell de Mallorca: it has competences in hunting at territorial level within the Island of Mallorca.
- Government of Balearic Islands – Environment department: is the authority in charge to monitor wild goats hunting, and has competences in the preservation of species.
- Different local associations.
Cynegetic activity in Comuna de Bunyola has to be always practiced within the rules mentioned above and other National and European regulations as well as those of internal character.

Overall cost of the intervention and funds – local, regional, national, European and private funds used (please detail the percentages of the funds applied):
There is no information available.

Evidence of success

Considerable improvement of Cynegetic management and planning.
Main strengths (success factors):
Outstanding implication and collaboration of hunters in compliance with the current legislation, and participation in management activities,..
The different hunting modalities are compatible with leisure activities.
The identification of hunting places (colls) and its significant and democratic allocation system – lots – mean a good measure to avoid conflicts and permits to give the same opportunities to all hunters.
The traditional system of hunting “tord a coll” has an important social function as it give the possibility to aged people to practice it, due to its static character, since mountain hiking or access to difficult areas is not required.
People allowed to hunting in Comuna de Bunyola are the inhabitants of the village or those who have links with the municipality. They know well each other and at the same time, they do surveillance tasks.
The creation of the Societat de Caçadors de Bunyola (Bunyola’s Hunters Association) promotes and carries out social and environmental actions.
Hunting is an activity totally regulated with its own rules.
The existence of the Hunters Association has permitted to solve all problems related to wild goats (intrusions in private gardens, damage in vegetation…) with the altruistic collaboration of the partners, avoiding any additional cost to the municipality.
Hunters collaborate providing information concerning migratory species, as they deliver all rings found in the captures. Also, “tord a coll” hunters help in ringing birds campaign.

TRANSFERABILITY OF THE PRACTICE
It is recommended the elaboration of a complete diagnosis of cynegetic resources of Comuna de Bunyola in order to get a deeper knowledge of the activity and to apply management and improvement measures to the game.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Josep Antoni Aguiló Ribas

Mallorca Council. Environment Department

jaguilo@conselldemallorca.net>

www.conselldemallorca.net

Annex completed on: 10-30-2010

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