European Charter on Angling and

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					 European Charter on
Angling and Biodiversity

Presentation by the consultant:
  Dr. Scott M. Brainerd (NINA, ESUSG)
        9 April 2010, Strasbourg, FRANCE
       What is a Charter?
• A charter considers governmental
  responsibilities (=citizen rights),
  not only citizen responsibilities.
                  The Approach
• Input and guidance from the Working Group (WG) - a
  transparent and participatory process.

• Application of Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
  principles and guidelines.

• Integration of the European Inland Fisheries Advisory
  Commission (EIFAC) Code of Practice for Recreational Fisheries.

• Integration of relevant EU and international policy regarding
  angling, biodiversity and eco-tourism.

• Synthesis into Charter Principles and Guidelines similar to
  the European Charter on Hunting and Biodiversity
  ”3 pillars of sustainability”

• Ecological: Use that sustains biodiversity.

• Societal: Use that sustains public

• Economic: Use that motivates local
  communities to conserve.
 This Charter addresses angling as a consumptive
     and recreational form of utilisation and/or
management of species of freshwater fish in Europe,

in accordance with the provisions of the Convention
   on the Conservation of European Wildlife and
           Natural Habitats (Bern, 1979).
The Charter provides a non-binding set
   of guidelines for anglers, angling tour

    operators, regulators and managers

   that address common principles and

  good practices for sustainable angling

      and angling tourism in Europe.
• Charter guidelines are based upon our
  commitments to CBD as advised by the:

  – Addis Ababa Principles and Guidelines
    (AAPG) for the Sustainable Use of

  – Malawi Principles for the Ecosystem
    Approach (MPEA).
      Angling Charter Goals
The Charter promotes non-binding principles
  and guidelines that can help to:

  – ensure that angling and angling tourism in Europe
    are practiced in a sustainable manner,

  – avoid negative impacts on biodiversity while
    contributing positively to the conservation of
    species and habitats and the needs of society.
   Angling Charter Objectives
Sustainable angling

• Provides non-binding Principles & Guidelines within the
  context of biodiversity conservation and rural development;

• Encourages angler involvement in monitoring, management,
  and research efforts directed towards stewardship and the
  conservation of fish and their habitats;

• Promotes cooperation between anglers and other stakeholders
  in the conservation and management of biodiversity.
   Angling Charter Objectives
Angling tourism

• Seeks to contribute to the sustainability of angling tourism;

• Promotes forms of angling tourism that provide local
  communities with socio-economic incentives to conserve and
  manage fish and their habitats, and biodiversity in general;

• Makes recommendations for angling tour operators and anglers
  that engage their services.
   Angling Charter Objectives
Standards for European anglers (in line with EIFAC
  Code of Practice):

• Promotes measures which increase angler proficiency and

• Encourages angler education, awareness and information

• Promotes best angling practices.
Charter principles and guidelines
• 12 overarching principles

  – 50 guidelines for ”governors” (regulators
    and managers).

  – 49 guidelines for ”users” (anglers and
    angling tour operators).
       Socio-cultural principles
 Addis Ababa/
                             Focus        Angling Charter Principle
Malawi principles
                                         1. Favour multi-level governance that
  Supportive & linked        General
                                            maximises benefit for conservation.
 governance at all levels
    with harmonized
regulations that promote
  societal benefits from                    2. Ensure that regulations are
 conservation and avoid     Regulatory
                                             understandable and respected.
    perverse effects.
            Ecological principles
  Addis Ababa/
                               Focus        Angling Charter Principle
 Malawi principles
   Avoidance of adverse                    3. Ensure that harvest is ecologically
impacts within or between                              sustainable
 ecosystems, and of short-                    4. Maintain wild populations of
 termism, especially when      Genetics      indigenous species with adaptive
   faced with inevitable                                gene pools

Transparent and adaptive
management along a use-                      5. Maintain environments that
  protection continuum,                        support healthy and robust
based on interdisciplinary                  populations of harvestable species.
 science, monitoring and
     timely feedbacks.
        Economic sustainability
 Addis Ababa/
                             Focus          Angling Charter Principle
Malawi principles

                             Economic     6. Encourage use to provide economic
   Encouragement of          incentives        incentives for conservation
incentives with sharing
 of benefits (and costs)
especially at local level,     Waste        7. Ensure that harvest is properly
 while avoiding waste.       avoidance         utilised and wastage avoided.
      Socio-cultural, Ecological &
       Economic sustainability
  Addis Ababa/
                              Focus       Angling Charter Principle
 Malawi principles

    Decentralisation of
    management to an
 appropriate bio-economic      Local      8. Empower local stakeholders and
    scale, especially to     management        hold them accountable.
empower, assess and access
 knowledge of local users.
        Socio-cultural principles
  Addis Ababa/
                               Focus           Angling Charter Principle
 Malawi principles
                             Conduct and         9. Encourage competence and
                             proficiency of    responsibility among users of wild
                              harvesters                    resources

                             Fish welfare      10. Minimise avoidable suffering.
Education, awareness and
  inclusion of managers,                      11. Encourage cooperation between
resource users and society    Horizontal       all stakeholders in management of
          at large.             trust         harvested species, associated species
                                                        and their habitats.
                                              12. Encourage acceptance by society
                                              of sustainable, comsumptive use as a
                                                        conservation tool.
    What does the Charter do?
• It gives formal recognition by the BC of the importance of
  angling as a tool in biodiversity conservation.

• It places angling (and angling tourism) within the context of
  the CBD sustainability principles (ecological, economical and

• It emphasises the need for angler involvement and
  cooperation in biodiversity monitoring, research and

• It integrates issues of conduct and proficiency within the
  context of social sustainability. In this context, fish well-being
  and angler skill are given high priority.
Thank you!