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69th General Assembly of the International Council
for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC)

20-23 April 2023

Paris, France
Pullman Paris Montparnasse

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Biodiversity 2030

Restore - Rewild - Remind

Building a roadmap to 2030.
Making use of innovative best practices, laid upon our roots and foundations.

Hunting Season

The world is in crisis. Biodiversity and ecosystems are severely threatened. We need new approaches in order to create a truly diverse natural world for the future.



Dr. Philip Harmer


Welcome from the President of the CIC

In 1930, Paris was the cradle of the CIC. It is where our forefathers first envisioned a need for an international organisation working for the interests of hunters, conservation and biodiversity.

Almost 100 years have passed since then, and the world has most certainly changed. The natural world is facing a crisis. Now more than ever, there is a need for the CIC to act as a leading figure in global conservation efforts.

Last year’s General Assembly in Riga focused on communications. Conserve – Convene – Communicate was the motto, which sought to explore how to best communicate the work and successes of the CIC, while further increasing its convening power.

A take home message from the event was that in order to communicate effectively, an organisation needs to be aligned in its identity and foundational roots.

Adopting the new CIC Statutes in Riga was a first step in this direction by placing greater emphasis on our work related to Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities, the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, and the UN One Health Agenda. This has furthered the CIC’s contribution to global 2030 sustainable development goals and to the recently adopted 2030 Global Biodiversity Framework.

This brings us to the 69th General Assembly in Paris, which will be held under the theme of Biodiversity 2030.

To have success going forwards, there will be a distinct need to think of new ways to conserve what we have at hand, and to bring back what we have lost. All while remembering the core values of the CIC.

That is why we have chosen the motto, Restore – Rewild – Remind.

This is what we hope to explore with you in Paris. In addition, this General Assembly will be particularly important, as we will elect the new Executive Committee and lay the foundations of the CIC Programme for 2030. Your attendance will be essential in shaping the CIC’s agenda for this decade.

Hunters are already providing essential services for the benefit of wider society. We must now define how, where and when we can best assist in global conservation efforts.

I look forward to seeing all of you in Paris.

Emmanuel Michau &
Prince Alexandre Poniatowski

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Welcome from the CIC French Delegation

It is a great honour for us to welcome all of you to Paris for this upcoming General Assembly.

While the CIC was originally founded in this iconic city under the name Conseil International de la Chasse, our commitment to the protection of wildlife still remains the same.

With Biodiversity 2030 serving as the theme for the 69th General Assembly, it is important for us to recognise the importance of exchanging ideas now for the benefit of our future selves.

There are a number of proposals and initiatives that lie ahead of us that have the potential to greatly impact the resilience of the planet.

I therefore hope that you can make time in your calendar to delve into a number of prevailing conservation issues with us, along with a host of exciting speakers that we will be sharing with you in the coming months.

Of course, the General Assembly will also serve as a great opportunity for friends and partners of the CIC to meet and gather in person.

The Gala Dinner - and the conference portion of the event - will be hosted in the Hotel Pullman Montparnasse, which will serve as the perfect location to round off two days of deliberations and panel discussions.

Furthermore, the program includes a visit to an iconic and historic venue in the Automobile Club, an opportunity that should not be missed!

Most notably, however, we have a number of special and unique excursions lined up for all of you. The first of these excursions is a trip to Chambord, which will include a private tour of the Château de Chambord and an organised lunch.

There will also be a chance to visit the Maison de la Chasse et de la Nature, or the Museum of Hunting and Nature, a private museum dedicated to showcasing the relationships between humans and the natural environment through hunting traditions and practices.

We would encourage all of you to sign up for at least one of these outings; more information and details can be found on the registration page.

As a well-respected entity within the conservation world, the CIC should look to forge new paths towards global restoration efforts. This will be a challenging task, considering that mankind is largely the cause of the wildlife issues we see today.

We welcome you to be a part of this event in April later this year. We hope you will be able to attend and share the experience with all of us.



Day 0

20th of April, Thursday

9:00 – 18:00 Registration

Pullman Paris Montparnasse


13:00 – 14:30 CIC Executive Committee Meeting

Mercure Paris Gare Montparnasse TGV

(40 Rue du Commandant René Mouchotte, 75014 Paris, France)

14:30 Coffee Break

14:45 – 16:30 CIC Council Meeting & Council Coffee Break (16:30)

Mercure Paris Gare Montparnasse TGV

(40 Rue du Commandant René Mouchotte, 75014 Paris, France)

16:30 – 18:15 State Members Meeting

Mercure Paris Gare Montparnasse TGV

(40 Rue du Commandant René Mouchotte, 75014 Paris, France)


19:15 Reception & Council Dinner

Invitation only – Senate, Palais du Luxembourg Dress Code: “Hunters Elegant”-

bus departs at 19:00 from Pullman Paris Montparnasse

Day 1

21st of April, Friday

7:30 - 20:00 - Registration (Pullman Paris Montparnasse)

9:00 - 10:00 - Opening Ceremony – 69th CIC General Assembly (Pullman Paris Montparnasse)

Alexandre Poniatowski & Emmanuel Michau, French CIC Delegation

Philipp Harmer, President of the CIC

Willy Schraen, President of the French National Hunters Federation

Pierre-Edouard Guillain, Deputy Director General of the Division of Water and Biodiversity, Ministry of Ecological Transition 

10:00 - 10:30 - Biodiversity 2030 – A Global Perspective - Introduction Report

Shane Mahoney – President of CIC Policy and Law Division

10:30 - 10:45 - Coffee break

10:45 -11:45 - Biodiversity 2030 - A Global Perspective

Panel discussion

Ivonne Higuero, Secretary General of CITES and Chair of CPW

Amy Fraenkel, Executive Secretary of CMS

Dr. Musonda Mumba, Secretary General of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands

Shane Mahoney – President of CIC Policy and Law Division

Moderator: Sebastian Winkler, Director General of the CIC

11:45 - 12:30 - Biodiversity 2030 – A French Perspective

Pierre-François Prioux, Président de la Société de Vènerie 

Nicolas Rivet, Director General & Pascal Lapebie, Scientific Director, French National Hunters Federation    

Moderator: Emmanuel Michau, Head of French CIC Delegation 

12:30 - Lunch Break

14:00 - 15:00 - Biodiversity 2030: A Stakeholder Perspective

Introduction Report: József-Tamás Fodor, Head of the Romanian National Wildlife Management Service

Panel discussion:

Dr. Daniel Natusch, Founder of People for Wildlife

Bupe Banda, Community Leaders Network

Alec van Havre, European Landowners Organisation

Krzysztof Kowalewski, CIC Young Opinion Representative

Sona Chovanova Supekova, President CIC Working Group Artemis

Moderator: Tom Opre, Shepherds of Wildlife

15:00 - 15:30 - Biodiversity 2030: A Communication Perspective

Rob Yorke, Environmental dialogue broker (Report back from the International Journalism Symposium)

Graziel d’Estalenx, Conservation Atlantic Council
Torbjörn Larsson, President of FACE

15:30 - Coffee Break

16:00 - 17:00 - Biodiversity 2030: A One Health Perspective

Introduction report: Dr. Jean-Phillipe Dop, Deputy Director General of WOAH

Panel Discussion

Bernard Vallat, President FICT, Former Director General of WOAH

Dr. Jacques Trouvilliez, Executive Secretary of AEWA

Flurina Hammer, CIC member Switzerland

Dr. Antje Kathrin Bednarek, German Veterinarian

Moderator: Torsten Mörner, Vice-President of the CIC

19:00 - Presidential reception for Donors - By Invitation only - Bus departs at 18:30

19:15 - Bus departs for Automobile Club

20:00 - Welcome Dinner (Automobile Club, Place de la Concorde - Dress code: Dark suit)

Day 2 

22nd of April, Saturday

9:00 - 09:10 - Reflecting on Day 1 Outcomes: Towards the CIC 2030 Program

Sebastian Winkler, Director General of CIC

Arno Wimpffen, Deputy Director General of the CIC

9:10 - 09:30 - Science Perspective -  Implications of Climate Change on Wildlife (Chamois project)

Prof. Dr. Klaus Hackländer, President of CIC Applied Science Division

9:30 - 10:00 - Propelling the CIC into the 21st Century

Wake up call  - Michael Prinz von Sachsen Weimar

Club 200 Update - Willy Pabst, CIC Member

10:00 - 10:15 - CIC Working Group Artemis Session

Soňa Chovanová Supeková, President CIC Working Group Artemis

10:15 - 10:45 - Coffee break

10:45 - 11:30 - Young Opinion Working Group Session

Alexandros Karabalis, CIC Young Opinion 
Tristan Breijer, CIC Young Opinion
Krzysztof Kowalewski, CIC Young Opinion 

11:30 - 11:50 - Reflecting on Regional Coordination Forums

Mikhael Antell, President of the Nordic and Baltic Coordination Forum

Vasil Vasilev, President of the Central and Eastern European Coordination Forum

11:50 - 12:00 -  Restoring Ukraine - Reflecting on the Humanitarian Work of the CIC

Krzysztof Kowalewski, CIC Young Opinion

Tamás Marghescu CIC Ambassador

12:00 - 13:30 - Lunch Break

13:30 - 14:15 - "Moving into Business”/Referring to written documentation

Presidents and DG’s Report: Philipp Harmer, President; and Sebastian Winkler, Director General

Divisions’ Reports: Shane Mahoney, Policy and Law;  Klaus Hackländer, Applied Science;

Bernadin Malou, Culture Division

Membership Report: Daria Földvàri-Lapath

Adopting new resolutions and recommendations: One Health, 2030 Biodiversity,

Membership Dues

Report of the Treasurer and Auditors: Dr. Markus Otto Hasler, CIC Treasurer & Dr. Imrich Suba, CIC Auditor

Moderator: Nick Doherty, CIC Legal Advisor

14:15 - 14:30 - Elections for the Executive Committee

George Aman, President of the Search Committee

14:30 - 14:50 - Words from the President Elect

14:50 - 15:20 - Coffee Break

15:20 - 16:20 - Celebrating the Past and Future (Closing Ceremony) - Celebrating the new State Members

József-Tamás Fodor, Head of the Romanian National Wildlife Management Service

Awards ceremony (Hunting in Arts, Edmond Blanc, Medals): Bernadin Malou, Culture Division   

Farewell of outgoing Director General: Tamás Marghescu

Flag ceremony

For those interested in an expert debate with film viewing: Room change to Salon 5

16:30 - 17:15 - Communicating our narrative visually: Panel discussion with film extracts

(Salon 5)

Adrienn Lipp, Author, Actress, Filmmaker

Tom Opre, Shepherds of Wildlife - Killing the Shepherd & The Last Game Keeper

Zig Mackintosh, The Conservation Imperative

Soňa Chovanová Supeková, President of CIC Working Group Artemis - CIC World Game Cookbook

Lukas Hamilton Eddy - Global Youth United for Sustainable Hunting

Moderator: Sebastian Winkler, Director General, CIC

17:15 - 18:30 - Film viewing (Salon 5)

Killing the Shepherd - Tom Opre

The Voices from the Frontline - Communities and Livelhoods in Botswana- Zig Mackintosh

Adrienn Lipp The Huntress - Adrienn Lipp

Global Youth United for Sustainable Hunting - CIC Working Group Young Opinion

20:00 - Gala Dinner

Hunting Auction – Tristan Breijer

(Pullman Paris Montparnasse, Dress code: Black tie, traditional dress or uniform)



23rd of April, Sunday - Excursion Day

Maison de la Chasse et de la Nature (Bus departs at 10:30, program ends at 14:00)

Chambord program (Bus departs at 09:45, program ends at 16:30, scheduled arrival in Paris at 19:00)

Registration fees

CIC Member: 650 EUR

CIC Member Accompanying Person: 550 EUR

Young Opinion Member: 350 EUR

Accompanying person below the age of 35: 350 EUR



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19 Rue du Commandant René Mouchotte, 75014 Paris, France

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