The response to the Northern League councillors
In the 'Question time' session of the Legislative Assembly ofUmbria two days ago, the councilors of the League, Valerio Mancini (first signatory), Manuela Puletti and Marco Castellari questioned the councilor Roberto Morroni about the "implementation of the resolution of the Legislative Assembly of April 2022 regarding the 'Recognition of the role of hunters and hunting associations: granting of contributions'”.
The need for contribution
Illustrating the act in the Chamber, Mancini recalled that "in this resolution the Legislative Assembly committed the Regional Council to taking all the necessary initiatives to support the hunting activities of individual hunters and their hunting associations, in particular by reducing the impact total costs imposed by Legislative Decree '32/2021', keeping them the same as those incurred to date, on the basis of what has already been decided by other Regions, such as Veneto, or those that are taking action, such as Marche. But the council act also committed the Executive to supporting the expenses for the monitoring and study activities of wild fauna, environmental components and habitats, by the same hunting associations in support of the institutional activities of the regional wildlife observatory. Increasingly complicated European regulations require continuous bureaucratic compliance. Associations can contribute to the good performance of the hunting world, including on censuses and culling plans. so that the Region has as much information as possible available. We believe this contribution should be granted."
The resources currently available
Councilor Morroni responded that “to date the council has not been able to follow up on these commitments because the available resources are not even sufficient to cover normal wildlife management. The commitments that must be met, in fact, are compensation for damage to agricultural production, the management of wildlife centers and other activities. The desire to proceed within the terms indicated by the resolution of the Legislative Assembly remains confirmed as soon as the financial possibility of being able to proceed materializes. Even more so in the face of the behavior of hunting associations that have shown themselves willing to collaborate in data collection. Associations that are a sentinel of the territory. A worthy behavior that pushes us to reiterate our desire to honor, as soon as possible, what is established in the council act".
In his reply Mancini said he “appreciated the honesty of the response. Given the effort we have made in the budget by finding the 300 thousand euros to support damage from wildlife, I think it is possible to find these resources too. The objective is to involve, with a protocol, some associations to make them contribute to the computerization of all the wildlife data which too often remains on paper. We must create a relationship of trust between institutions and hunters, to create a significant database that facilitates and saves public resources for the region. We are not late. Reaching a programmatic agreement would be a nice showcase” (source: Umbria Region).