The IREC awards the “Quijote cazador” prize from the Hunting Federation of Castilla-La Mancha

    The “Quijote cazador” award recognizes the work of IREC in promoting the sustainability of hunting activities, contributing to the conservation of ecosystems and biodiversity

    The Hunting Federation of Castilla-La Mancha awarded last Saturday the Institute for Research in Hunting Resources of Castilla-La Mancha (IREC – CSIC, UCLM, JCCM) with the “Quijote cazador” award in recognition of his scientific work for the promotion of a sustainable hunting activity.

    The award ceremony took place last Saturday, March 25, as part of the celebration of the Castilla-La Mancha Hunting Gala, in Alcázar de San Juan. The president of the Hunting Federation of Castilla-La Mancha, Agustín Rabadán, stressed that the IREC is the center with the greatest scientific productivity at the University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM) and the first Spanish scientific center dedicated to the investigation of aspects related to hunting. "His work, based on guaranteeing the sustainability of the hunting activity, contributing to the maintenance of biodiversity and promoting its socioeconomic performance, has wanted to be recognized with this award.”, Rabadán pointed out.


    The president of the Hunting Federation of Castilla-La Mancha, Agustín Rabadán, presents the "Quijote Cazador" to the director of the IREC, Rafael Mateo. The Hunting Gala was also attended by the general directors of the Natural Environment, Félix Romero, and of Youth and Sports, Carlos Yuste, from the Regional Government of Castilla-La Mancha.

    Rabadán has pointed out that science is necessary in all fields of life, but even more in what refers to hunting and hunting management, hence the Hunting Federation collaborates with IREC in many projects such as the study and recovery of European turtle doveplatforms, “PREPEPA” project referred to African swine fever; or the Project "AGROPERDIZ" on the incidence of pesticides used in agriculture on the red-legged partridge.

    He has also highlighted the collaboration for the launch of the exhibition entitled "Hunting an evolving challenge”, which has been on display at the Provincial Museum of Ciudad Real since December 2019 and deals with the evolution of hunting over the last 400.000 years, a much-needed project for the youngest to learn about the history of hunting.

    Rabadán has pointed out that the fact that the research elite in Spain dedicate their work and efforts to the study of hunting fauna is a reason for gratitude, «because this work will be the basis of the management tool and the defense of a rational and orderly hunting«. In addition, he has commented that it has been the IREC researchers themselves who have revealed «the need for hunting as a tool for the management, regulation and conservation of ecosystems and biodiversity".