Councilor Galella's announcement
“It is with great pleasure that I communicate the approval of the 'Regional Hunting Wildlife Plan 2024-2028', a fundamental step for the sustainable management of wildlife in the area. The plan, drawn up by the Higher Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA) in collaboration with the Office of Fishing and Hunting Policies, Wildlife Management, Agro-Environment of the General Directorate for Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies, represents the result of a joint commitment to guarantee the conservation of species, the redevelopment of environmental resources and the natural containment of populations". This was declared by the councilor for agricultural, food and forestry policies Basilicata region, Alessandro Galella.
“The proposal, approved by resolution of the Regional Council, – he continues – is based on the principles established by Regional Law no. 2 of 9 January 1995 and is part of the regulatory framework outlined by National Law no. 157 of 11 February 1992. The approval process involved various phases, from the drafting of regional guidelines for wildlife and hunting programming to the collaboration with ISPRA for the creation of suitability maps of species of management and conservation interest". The Councilor also underlines "the importance of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and the preliminary phase of the plan, highlighting the fulfillment of regulatory obligations and the active involvement of the community in public consultation. The process was followed carefully by the Environmental Compatibility Office and by the subjects responsible for environmental matters.
The meeting with the Regional Wildlife Technical Committee, held on 11 October 2023, represented a moment of constructive discussion to consolidate the technical support necessary for the adoption of the plan". “With the official adoption of the 'Regional Hunting Wildlife Plan 2024-2028', – concludes Alessandro Galella – I reiterate my commitment to balanced and sustainable management of wildlife, with attention to respect for the environment and the different species present in the area ”.
Great satisfaction is also expressed by the vice-president and councilor for Health and Personal Policies, Francesco Fanelli, "for the historic result achieved, a sign of a program strongly desired and launched in 2021, as councilor for agricultural, food and forestry policies, through the preparatory signing of the agreement with the Higher Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA) aimed at drafting the new regional wildlife-hunting plan which had not been updated since 1997. Today we can reap the fruits of a profitable institutional synergy that returns to the Basilicata region a fundamental planning tool for defining the guidelines for the purposes and objectives of wildlife management and the regulation of hunting activity. The intent is not only to monitor and safeguard the declining species, but also to provide a reference framework for the numerical control of some problematic species for the territory and for agriculture. Therefore, excellent news for the entire reference sector. The Plan finally gives the Basilicata region an essential governance tool that will inevitably be able to provide adequate responses to all interested parties, from hunters to agricultural entrepreneurs and breeders. This is the meaning of hard work and resilient commitment over the years, in favor of the citizens of Basilicata" (source: Basilicata Region).