16 August 2023

Programme for First Falcon Day International Forum Discussed in Moscow

A meeting was held in Moscow to prepare the first Falcon Day International Forum to be held on 10 September in Vladivostok. The event is operated by the Roscongress Foundation. The participants discussed the business programme and the development of a framework declaration of intentions for the conservation of the gyrfalcon, an invitation campaign and the first falcon auction.

“We have a fairly wide invitation campaign. Among those invited are Russian and foreign officials, representatives of business and non-profit organizations. An important part of the Forum programme will be the adoption of a framework declaration on the conservation of gyrfalcon, which will contribute to the further development of international cooperation in conservation. To date, eight countries have supported the draft declaration,” emphasized Anton Kobyakov, Advisor to the President of the Russian Federation and Executive Secretary of the Eastern Economic Forum Organizing Committee.   

It was noted at the meeting that the business programme of the Forum will include discussions on the applied use of falcon species, the scientific basis for the conservation of rare falcon species, as well as discussion of successful practices of different countries to conserve and restore populations of gyrfalcon, peregrine falcon, saker falcon, and other species. Commercial use of such birds, measures necessary for their conservation and ways to reduce impact on the falcon population will be the main topics of the plenary session of the Forum.

Another addressed topic was the organization of the first falcon auction, which will be held by the Russian Auction House jointly with the Kamchatka Falconry Centre and the Roscongress Foundation with support from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation. Representatives from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, and Kuwait are expected to participate in the event. The auction will make it possible to demonstrate the advantages of a legal and professional approach to breeding, training, buying and selling falcons, and to draw the world’s attention to the issue of preserving rare falcon species. The auction lots will include gyrfalcons, saker falcons and peregrine falcons, which were bred in Russian nurseries. A significant part of the auction proceeds will be used to support the programme of population restoration.

In turn, in the Falcon House, which is planned to be constructed at the ‘Far East Street’ exhibition, Forum guests will be able to see several trained falcons. Each bird will be accompanied by a professional falconer. Visitors will also learn more about the peculiarities of falcons, the threat of gyrfalcon extinction, support measures and the history of falconry.

The Falcon Day International Forum is designed to become an international expert platform for comprehensive dialogue and attracting the attention of government officials, experts and the scientific community to the issues of conservation, protection and increase in the population of birds of prey and rare bird species, including falcons. Starting from 2023, the Forum will be held annually in Russia.

Official website of the Forum: https://falconday.ru/en/

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