Editor’s Note: The first CIC Markhor Award was presented in 2008 to 29 communities in the Selous-Niassa Wildlife Corridor and the Niassa Game Reserve during the 9th CoP of the Convention on Biological Diversity in Bonn/Germany. As 2010 recipient the international panel selected the the Torghar Conservation Program (TCP) of the Society for Torghar Environmental Protection (STEP) in Pakistan. The Niassa Game Reserve and the Torghar Initiative use hunting and sustainable use of wildlife and for the alleviation of poverty and thus create strong incentives to conserve nature. The International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC) represents a truly international network of experts in sustainable hunting and wildlife conservation. This necessarily very pluralistic network represents varying yet converging national interests and wildlife conservation models. This unique CIC structure amongst international hunting associations, with government members, scientific advisors and experts, universities and passionate individual members of international reputation on one hand and the accreditation of the CIC as IUCN member and partner of the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) makes the CIC a powerful player on the international fields where the future of hunting is debated and decided. The CIC creates goodwill for hunting on the international stage of the global village.
On October 20th the world community took stock in Nagoya,Japan of its commitment made in 2002, when heads of governments decided at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa that they wanted to reduce the rate of loss of nature and biodiversity by the year 2010. The objective to reduce the loss of nature has been met in some parts of the world through extraordinary and creative approaches.
The prestigious Markhor Award of the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC) is recognizing and celebrating outstanding conservation performance that links the conservation of biodiversity and human livelihoods through the application of the principles of sustainable use, in particular hunting, as part of wildlife and ecosystem management.
The CIC, supported by FACE invited the world community at the 10th Conference of Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity in Nagoya, Japan to attend a festive show for the Markhor Award 2010 Ceremony. First, the IAF gave an account on their impressive success in saving the peregrine falcon. The entire ceremony was accompanied by the European champions in bird whistling from Italy and France and then the winner of the Markhor Award 2010 for Outstanding Conservation Performance was announced: Torghar Conservation Program (TCP) of the Society for Torghar Environmental Protection (STEP) in Pakistan.
A roar of cheers went through the rows of more than one thousand attending guests (most of them non-hunters) and a group of smiling people in the national costumes of Balochistan/Pakistan climbed the stage. What a moment of recognition of decades of work. Local communities and international trophy hunting, a true symbiosis of success. Congratulations to all, who contributed to the success. ”There seems to be mounting evidence that sustainable use is a viable path for conservation of nature, as also “The Economist” recently published a major article on the subject”, Tamás Marghescu, Director General of CIC said.
Editor’s Note: Readers who are interested in more details about the exemplary successes in straight-horned markhor and Baluchi urial conservation and sustainable use should go to: http://undp.org.pk/trophy-hunting-programme-from-balochistangets-international-award.html or or google Torghar for a vast selection of articles).