The Central and Eastern European countries have similar history of economic and political development as well as good reformation experience accumulated in hunting industry. Due to the political and economic impact of the Association Agreement signed by Ukraine and EU, such knowledge is essential to build a hunting industry model in Ukraine, which could be comparable to the EU and based on same values and approaches.
During a week study tour (field seminar), organized by WWF in Ukraine, the experts visited best practical game management areas near the border line of Ukraine to EU including such places as Tomaszow Lubelski, Lublin, Lezajsk, Krosno in Poland, Sobrance and Trebisov in Slovakia, Nyiregyhaza and Tiszaszalka in Hungary.
The study group had several meetings with the country state representatives, including local hunters and professionals of hunting organisations for the discussion on state hunting models and sightseeing the working examples of game management units.
Specific attention was paid to the experience in: organisational structural models, constant improvements of the culture of game practices, economic feasibility of game management units, increase of game and general fauna biodiversity, existing relationships between the local communities and game management units, protection of rare and Red List fauna, law improvement practices. The consultations and seminars helped to start new possible future partnerships as well as provoked healthy debates among the group itself.
Conducted training is critical in the implementation process of the CWP activity for Ukraine: “Research on improved national hunting model and development of legislation acts.” The received experience aimed at helping to use better examples of organizational structure of hunting enterprises, biodiversity care, and local community cooperation during the upgrading of the national model system, dissemination of received knowledge through the SFRAU professional seminars, round table presentations, publishing of news articles, and further discussion among the professionals, experts.
Developing clear strategy in game management helps to strengthen general forestry sector policy, improve biodiversity protection in forests, and take into account the full social, nature and economic value of forests.