Who’s behind this?

Artemis is coordinated by FACE - the European Federation of Associations for Hunting and Conservation. Established in 1977, it represents the interests of Europe’s 7 million hunters as an international non-profit-making nongovernmental organisation (NGO). 

This makes FACE the largest democratically representative body for hunters in the world and is probably one of the largest European civil society organisations.

FACE is made up of its Members: national hunters’ associations from 38 European countries including the EU-27. FACE also has 4 Associate Members and has its Secretariat in Brussels.

FACE upholds the principle of sustainable use, has been a member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) since 1987, and more recently of Wetlands International. FACE works with its partners on a range of hunting-related issues, from international conservation agreements to local implementations with the aim of sustaining hunting across Europe.

FACE was formally founded as a result of national hunting associations engaging with the process which resulted in the adoption in 1979 of the Birds Directive. Since those early days, FACE has remained very close to its roots by continuing to work on issues related to birds and in particular migratory birds. This work has continued to be carried out within the framework of the EU Birds Directive but also as part of international agreements such as the Bern Convention and the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS). 

As a part of this work, FACE Members together with the International Council for Game & Wildlife Conservation CIC , Wetlands International and the OMPO Institute were integral in the establishment of the African Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) in the 1990s.

This extensive involvement in the conservation of migratory birds reflects the sincere commitment hunters make to safeguarding the future of these species

The Artemis website is supported by the European Commission Directorate General Environment through LIFE NGO funding. 


The Birds Directive

The Birds Directive 2009/147/EC (the codified version of Directive 79/409/EEC) is the EU’s oldest piece of nature legislation which covers the conservation of all wild bird species naturally occurring in the EU. The Directive recognises that habitat loss is the most serious threat to the conservation of wild birds and requires that special protection areas are designated and maintained for those species most vulnerable. It also recognises the legitimacy of hunting wild birds as a form of sustainable use and makes provisions to allow hunting within a strict framework of requirements.…

The Habitats Directive

The EU Council Directive 92/43/EEC of 21 May 1992 on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora, or ‘Habitats Directive’ provides a legislative framework to conserve and protect those habitats and species considered of European importance.

It covers many animal and plant species, plus over 200 habitat types.…

The EU Sustainable Hunting Initiative

In 2001 the European Commission launched the Sustainable Hunting Initiative to improve understanding of the legal and technical aspects of the Birds Directive’s provisions on hunting as well as developing a programme of scientific, conservation and awareness raising measures to promote sustainable hunting under the Directive.…  

Agreement between BirdLife International and FACE

12 October 2004: FACE and BirdLife International signed an Agreement with Environment Commissioner M. Wallström as part of the European Commission’s Sustainable Hunting Initiative.
The Agreement was the conclusion of a three-way dialogue during 2001-2004 aimed at producing a pragmatic interpretation and application of the 1979 Birds Directive.

A key principle of the Agreement is that BirdLife International and FACE recognise the value of the Directive for maintaining wild birds (including huntable species) and their habitats in a favourable conservation status at the EU level - with application of the Directive being based on the Commission’s Interpretative Guide. 
The organisations also agreed to work together to promote strategic conservation priorities, such as halting the loss of biodiversity by 2010, the protection of important sites for birds and appropriate reform of the Common Agricultural Policy. 

The Agreement also strengthened hunting within the Natura 2000 network and set out an acceptable timetable for eliminating lead shot use in wetlands.

To read the full text of the Agreement click here:…