In Bamberg, Germany, the Moroccan Association for Falconry and Raptors Conservation participated on October 22 at the General Assembly of the International Association for Falconry and Preservation of Birds of Prey (IAF). The two flagship events this year were the IAF’s 50th anniversary celebration and the election of His Excellency Majid Mansouri as its head.
MAFRC participated from October 21-24 in Bamberg, Germany, to the IAF Annual General Meeting. The non-profit organization’s mission is to safeguard the Art of Falconry and has a network of some 115 clubs and specialized institutions in more than 90 countries around the world. Several activities were on the agenda of this assembly, but the specificity of this year was the election of His Excellency Majid Mansouri, who replaces Dr. Adrian Lombard as President of the IAF.
Another anniversary was also celebrated, that of the Falkenorden (DFO), the main organization of German Falconry, and affiliated to the IAF. The AMFCR was notably invited to the meeting of the National Delegates as well as to the various flying hunts.
Election of His Excellency Majid Mansouri, first IAF Arab President:
Another highlight that has taken place this year is the election of His Excellency Majid Mansouri to head the IAF. This is the first time since the creation of the IAF that a president of Arab origin is elected at its head. During his tenure as IAF Vice President for the Middle East and North Africa region, His Excellency Majid Ali Al Mansouri developed the IAF strategy for this region.
At the 50th Anniversary of IAF, hosted in Bamberg, Germany, by the DFO, H.E Majed Al Mansouri, of UAE, was elected President, the first IAF President from an Arab country https://t.co/PE2nVw51zJ
— IAF – Falconry (@iaf_falconry) 29 octobre 2018
As a founding member and Secretary General of the Emirates Falconers’ Club, he contributed to the Sheikh Zayed program, releasing more than 1,600 hawks into the wild. He also founded the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital and worked on projects to increase the number of Houbaras. In 2008, His Excellency Majid Al Mansouri received the “Best Environmental Personality” award at the Gulf States Cooperation Council.