The Research Institute for Hunting Resources (IREC - CSIC, UCLM, JCCM) has as its foundational objectives to ensure the sustainability of hunting, contributing to the maintenance of biodiversity, and promoting its socioeconomic performance. In sum, then, IREC was born with the mission of generate and disseminate scientific knowledge that allows maintaining a balance between hunting and conservation.
This objective is pursued through four types of activities:
- Research activities: try to deepen from the scientific perspective in the knowledge of the species of hunting interest.
- Training activities: through teaching, mainly at the postgraduate level, is intended to transmit to the university level the knowledge acquired through scientific research on species of hunting interest.
- Transfer activities: The transfer and management of knowledge constitutes one of the six priority axes of the Spanish Strategy for Science and Technology and Innovation. For this reason, at IREC we make innovation and the results derived from our science and research available to society and the market. We are open to the establishment of contracts and agreements with public or private institutions for the development of scientific and/or technical work, as well as the design and execution of various specific training tasks.
- Outreach activities: organizing dissemination courses, talks, and collaboration in widely disseminated publications, our goal is to reach the general public with the knowledge acquired through research on species of hunting interest.
With the incorporation of new researchers and their stabilization, the IREC has expanded its main fields of research , and currently we can distinguish studies associated with the hunting-sustainability interaction of the natural environment, with purely ecological-evolutionary studies with a preferably conservationist approach, as well as in the field of animal health or production.