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: La transferencia y gestión del conocimiento constituye uno de los seis ejes prioritarios de la Estrategia Española de Ciencia y Tecnología y de Innovación. Por ello, en el IREC ponemos a disposición de la sociedad y del mercado la innovación y los resultados derivados de nuestra ciencia e investigaciones. Estamos abiertos al establecimiento de contratos y convenios con instituciones públicas o privadas para el desarrollo de trabajos científicos y/o técnicos, así como el diseño y ejecución de diversas labores formativas específicas.
- 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.