On the 27th – 29th September international experts for wildlife management and the national delegations gathered in Køge, Denmark for the 11th Plenary Session of the WE Label Steering Committee to discuss progress in the project, exchange experiences and validate the new WE Estates in various countries. In Denmark 26 further Estates joined the Wildlife Estates – network, increasing the total number of estates under the label to 231 covering a total area of 1.135.000 hectares.
The ELO and Wildlife Estates Steering Committee awarded the WE label to the estates Gisselfeld Kloster (DK), Colloredo-Mannsfeld (CZ), Skabersjö (SE) and Ruuthsbo Gods (SE) for their extraordinary efforts to promote biodiversity and nature conservation.
The seminar “Managing Europe’s wildlife and its natural environment” provided the floor for fruitful discussions between various stakeholders of wildlife and nature conservation management. Humberto DELGADO ROSA, Director of Natural Capital in DG Environment, European Commission, stated that private land managers deserve a full recognition of their role in nature conservation. Jurgen TACK, ELO Scientific Director & Landelijk Vlaanderen reported of the scientific evidence that hunting contributes to conservation through balancing the peaks and slumps of population from prey and predators.
Participants of the Plenary Session were invited to visit the Ledreborg and Gisselfeld estates to see their wildlife- and landscape management. Ledreborg is an estate of 1.600 hectares in the centre of Zealand’s only National Park. It was listed under a national landscape preservation order in the 1970’s and has a long tradition as a sporting estate where game and wildlife management is an essential part of the estate’s nature conservation.
The Gisselfeld Estate consists of 4.000 hectares distributed between forest, agriculture, meadows, lakes, and wetlands. Game and nature have optimal conditions thanks to artificially created biotopes, hedgerows and game crops. Grass strips and beetle banks were cultivated to extend habitats for pollinators. The agricultural business is run in harmony with the further activities in the estate, such as renting of houses, fishing, hunting, tourism and events.
Picture: FLTR: Michal PERNICA (Director Colloredo-Mannsfeld spol. s r.o.), Jens RISOMS (CEO of Gisselfeld Kloster), Konstantin Kostopoulos (COO WE Label), Lelio COLLOREDO-MANNSFELD (Colloredo-Mannsfeld spol. s r.o.), Carlos OTERO MUERZA (Chairmen of WE Scientific Committee), Gustav HAGEMANN (Ruuthsbo Gods), Thierry de l’ESCAILLE (Secretary General of ELO)