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Dear Alliance,

Today marks an extremely important milestone for falconry worldwide. I am pleased to provide the following press release to you.The followingpress release was developed forNorth American audiences and media and countries around the globe will be developing their own releases.

The North American Falconers' Association in coordination with the International Association for Falconry and Conservation of Birds of Prey (IAF)released the following statement today.



Nairobi, Kenya - Today the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritageadded Falconry, a traditional hunting method, to its List of the Intangible Cultural Heritages of Humanity.

For over 4000 years, falconry as a hunting method has retained an unbroken thread of tradition. For nearly 200 generations in an unbroken chain of intangible heritage, falconers worldwide have passed along their knowledge and skills bringing this art to us in the 21st century. Today's modern lifestyle and rapid urbanization have restricted opportunities to practice falconry. This has lead to a dangerous decline in many countries. UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage lists ensure signatory governments protect traditions such as: traditional skills, knowledge and rituals, handicrafts, song, dance, art and poetry or practices related to nature. "Traditional falconry is exceptional in that it fulfills all of these." said Frank Bond, President of the International Association for Falconry.

This is the largest ever nomination in the history of the UNESCO convention and was presented by eleven nations: Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Korea, Mongolia, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Syria and the United Arab Emirates. The Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage took the lead in coordinating this massive submission and UNESCO officials wrote during the inscription process that "...this is an outstanding example of cooperation between nations".

From its ancient beginnings in the Middle East falconry is now practiced on all continents and has given the entire world so much. Bond pointed out, "There are a thousand falconry words in common language. For example: even the universal term 'gentleman' is derived from falconry implying a man who could fly a female peregrine, the 'falcon gentle'; falconers gave the world the first scientific book on nature 'De arte venandi cum avibus' (1248 A.D.) and wars have even been avoided by diplomatic gifts of falcons."

The UNESCO submission stated "Falconry is one of the oldest relationships between man and bird, dating back more than 4000 years. Falconry is a traditional activity using trained birds of prey to take quarry in its natural state and habitat. It is a natural activity because the falcon and her prey have evolved together over millions of years; their interaction is an age-old drama. The falcon is adapted to hunt the prey, and the prey has evolved many ways to escape from the falcon. This leads to a fascinating insight into the way nature works and poses an intellectual challenge to the falconer in his understanding of behavior. His task is to bring the actors together on nature's stage. To do this the falconer must develop a strong relationship and synergy with his bird."

Falconry is considered a low-impact activity. Falconers understand that their hawks and quarry species must be preserved and they have been practicing 'sustainable use' for centuries. Professor Tom Cade of the Peregrine Fund pointed out: "Falconers have been instrumental in the worldwide recovery of the once endangered peregrine falcon and are involved in many conservation projects."

Falconers share universal principles. The methods of training and caring for birds, the equipment used and the bonding between man and the bird are found throughout the world. It is these common shared traditions and knowledge that make falconry universal and keep it alive, even though these traditions may differ from country to country. Larry Dickerson, President of the North American Falconers Association, sums up, "While falconry is a hunting sport, compared to modern methods it is not an efficient means of hunting.It is more of an art form kept alive in the United States by a small group of ardent and dedicated practitioners. This recognition by the United Nations is a milestone for falconry". The American father of game management, Aldo Leopold, referred to falconry as "the perfect hobby" and renowned American ornithologist Roger Tory Peterson pointed out the ancient relationship between man, falcons, and falconry in his famous quote "Man has emerged from the shadows of antiquity with a Peregrine on his wrist. Its dispassionate brown eyes, more than those of any other bird, have been witness to the struggle for civilization, from the squalid tents on the steppes of Asia thousands of years ago to the marble halls of European kings in the seventeenth century."

"The North American Falconers' Association joins falconers around the globe in celebration of this historical announcement and expresses appreciation to the falconers and organizations in so many countries that were instrumental in the successful recognition of falconry as an intangible cultural heritage." Dickerson said.

NAFA is proud to be able to share this information with you.This is definitely a high point for falconry and one that was worked on by so many people for so many years. The full press release will be posted shortly and canbe found on the IAF websiteand in Breaking News for Members on the NAFA website.

This was such an important announcement and since I will be on the road to the NAFA Meet soon, I wanted to get this to you as quickly as possible.

Gentlemen: A day to remember: November 16, 2010! I was just called by our Vice President, Bohumil Straka, that the falconry inscription was accepted by the UNESCO delegates at 6:18 PM, Nairobi time. The news almost brought me to tears. This will go down as one of the pivotal moments in falconry history. Each of you has given so much; I express my deepest gratitude and admiration for your work to achieve this success. I give you, the Advisory Committee, this news first. And I take this opportunity to thank the Abu Dhabi ADACH for spearheading the Joint Submission, and to each of the individuals in each submitting nation for the incredible work each has done not only in their own countries but together by their efforts to make this the preeminent and largest submission ever. Bohumil will provide us a report. He indicates that ADACH was represented by many persons who attended this event from Abu Dhabi. Bohumil will instruct our webmaster to place the announcement on our website. And in time Gary Timbrell will begin the process of distributing a press release to announce around the world that falconry is now recognized as an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO. Bohumil is coordinating this with ADACH, so that this magnificent success can be announced immediately in the UAE. In the next day or two I will send out the news in an eNewsletter to our broader IAF falconry community. It gives me great pride to be President of the IAF at the time of this great success. Thank you for giving me this great honor. Frank Bond
http://www.uaeinteract.com/docs/UNESCO_unanimously_agrees_ to_register_falconry_as_a_live_universal_heritage_of_humanity/43368.htm: UNESCO unanimously agrees to register falconry as a live universal heritage of humanity
posted on 18/11/2010
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) announced the registration of falconry as a live human heritage among the representative list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, thanks to the efforts led by the United Arab Emirates through coordination and cooperation with eleven Arab and foreign countries in the preparation of the international falconry dossier.
The announcement came during the meetings of the Intergovernmental Committee for Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO, held in Nairobi, Kenya, from 15th to 19th November, where the UAE delegation was headed by Mohammed Khalaf Al Mazrouei, the Advisor for Culture and Heritage at the Court of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, and Director General of the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH).
The Committee of Experts, of the Intergovernmental Committee for Intangible Cultural Heritage, unanimously approved the registration of falconry as a live human heritage among the representative list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity at UNESCO.
Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of ADACH, said the United Arab Emirates has achieved a great success in preserving the elements of intangible heritage, stressing ADACH aims to "complete the falconry file - in cooperation with several government bodies and in coordination with many countries as a model of the common international human heritage between the world's countries - meet the directions of our wise leadership represented by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, and His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, to support all international efforts that contribute to the protection of human heritage and provide the bases for cooperation between different peoples and civilizations, as part of a strategy to maintain the inherent cultural heritage of Abu Dhabi." Al Mazrouei stressed that the UAE, under the guidance of the honourable leadership, "has spared no effort in supporting conservation projects on heritage, especially falconry which is an important part of our culture and ancient history." "Our nation still continues its tireless efforts to support UNESCO's plans and programs to preserve the cultural heritage and human patrimony of mankind," said Al Mazrouei.
He stressed that through this unique achievement of its kind in the Arab states, falconry got the best and most universal recognition a human cultural heritage by fulfilling all the international conditions and standards to consider one of the cultural elements as an inherent and distinct heritage that expresses the pride of the countries, groups and people in it as one of their indispensible components of their culture and identity.
"This decision culminates today sustained effort and continued work that has lasted for five years thanks to intensive efforts by ADACH and the Emirates Falconers Club; and the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi, and the cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and a number of authorities," he said.
He pointed out that the registration project of falconry at UNESCO adopted by ADACH, is only one of the heritage projects that represent a unique model of coexistence and civil and cultural integration between the peoples of the world.
"The success of this model is a success of the UAE and ours in ADACH in making the Abu Dhabi an important cultural hub and parallel to its well-known international economic importance. UAE contributions extend to contribute to the world's cultural development," he added.
The United Arab Emirates has begun its interest in safeguarding falconry as a human heritage since 1976, when Abu Dhabi organized the first international conference for the preservation and conservation of falconry, under the guidance of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, as part of his internationally-known interest in inherent Arab heritage, values, customs and identity.
The UAE interest in heritage in general, and in falconry heritage in particular, is seen as one of the effective means that contribute to building bridges between peoples and promoting ways of rapprochement dialogue between contemporary human cultures, starting from the UAE leadership's vision in these fields.
The Committee of Experts had described the international file submitted by the UAE in coordination and cooperation with 11 Arab and foreign countries as the best international file submitted so far. It is comparable in terms of scientific objectivity, quality and accuracy of information and the excellent files put forward last year by other countries to register elements of their heritage in the representative list of intangible heritage of the UNESCO.
The Committee of Experts is entrusted with the evaluation of the files submitted by the states to register their heritage at the UNESCO.
The Committee praised the falconry file and described it as being based on a huge field work, scientific study and thorough documentation that may help many countries in the future to take advantage of this rich experience. It recommended other states to take the falconry file as an example.
The file is shared by 11 countries: Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Mongolia, Morocco, Qatar, Republic of Korea, and Saudi Arabia, Spain and Syria in addition to the UAE.
The UAE took responsibility for coordinating efforts and compiling documents, films, images and literature support for the file. All this was built on a huge field work that also included reading and careful analysis of Arab and foreign articles, books and other publications dealing with falconry, in addition to extensive interviews with the most famous falconers in the UAE.
The Intangible Heritage Department at ADACH and the Emirates Falconers Club organised four conferences, forums and meetings in Abu Dhabi with the participation of falconers and those interested in heritage besides culture officials in the twelve countries participating in the file.
‛ Emirates News Agency, WAM


UNESCO session Nairobi, Kenya, November 16th 2010 (time further indicated is local Nairobi time GMT+3) Moments of the inscription Falconrybeing the largest nomination in history of UNESCO world heritage list
195 - 9:39 The Kenyatta International Conference Center (KICC) hall ready for UNESCO session starting at 10:00
196- 9:45 Experts involved in the nomination in expectations before the session. From the left to right His Excellency
Dr. Awadh Ali Saleh Al Musabi - President of the UNESCO committee elected in years 2008-2009, H. E. Mohammed Khalaf Al-Mazrouei - Director General Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH), Dr. Bohumil Straka - Vice-president International Association for Falconry and Conservation of Birds of Prey (IAF),
Dr. Suleiman Khalaf - intangible heritage expert of Syria
213 - 18:10 The best comes at the end... the inscription of Falconry was scheduled at
the end of the session after decision on other elements was taken. The secretary is introducing the nomination on one
of the oldest cultural elements: "Falconry, a living human heritage"
215 - 18:12 The presentation of the Falconry file is being projected for the delegates
216 - 18:12 Chairperson of the examinators starts to read the results of the evaluation of this large multinational file.
217 - 18:13 Delegation of the United Arab Emirates, leading country of the nomination, is apparently satisfied when
evaluation stated that this is: "outstanding example of co-operation between States" and the exemplaryquality of the information provided was underlined
219 - 18:13 The presentation of the Falconry clearly demonstrated to the delegates that transmission of this cultural heritage
to the new generation is provided, which is essential condition for inscription of any cultural element in the UNESCO list.

220 - 18:14 The Subsidiary body is presenting decision draft

221 - 18:14 The presentation of Falconry is going on while evaluation is presented.

222 - 18:14 The presentation is also presented simultaneously in French language

229 - 18:17 His Excellency Mohammed Khalaf Al-Mazrouei - Director General Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) is defending the multinational nomination on behalf of all 11 nominating countries.

233 - 18:18 local Nairobi time, short tension in the hall and the UNESCO delegates approve Falconry for inscription in the list of the world cultural heritage.

237 - 18:19 a big applause...

239 - 18:19 first spontaneous congratulations

240 - 18:19 due to general emotions in the hall, chairman had to tollerate unexpected 10 min. break, while all previous inscriptions continuously followed each other without any emotional gaps.

247 - 18:22 After several minutes, congratulations are still going on

248 - 18:22 Never ending congratulations...

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