The hunting sector of Castilla y León recognizes with the Miguel Delibes Award the work of the Instituto de Investigación en Recursos Cinegéticos (IREC) in the field of sustainable hunting management and biodiversity conservation
The Hunting, Fishing and Environment Fair of Almazán (Venalmazán), which has celebrated its 19th Edition between April 28 and 30, 2023, is a consolidated event for the hunting sector and nature lovers in Castilla y León, with thousands of visitors from Soria and the neighboring provinces and regions.
Through multiple exhibitors, outdoor activities, conferences and round tables, this annual event becomes a sample of products related to everything that has to do with nature and its environment, with special emphasis on hunting, since this area of Soria is one of the most reputable for hunting in Spain.
Among the activities of Venalmazán, it highlights the Miguel Delibes Award, which each year falls on an important figure in relation to nature and hunting or fishing. In this 2023 edition, the XV Miguel Delibes Award has gone to the Instituto de Investigación en Recursos Cinegéticos (IREC – CSIC, UCLM, JCCM), in recognition of the work of the center in the field of sustainable hunting management and biodiversity conservation.
The IREC receives the XV Miguel Delibes Award at the Almazán Hunting, Fishing and Environment Fair 2023 in recognition of its work in the field of sustainable hunting management and biodiversity conservation.
The award was collected by the director of IREC, Dr. Rafael Mateo, which highlighted that “this type of recognition helps us to continue working in favor of research in aspects related to hunting activity, sustainability and the maintenance of biodiversity”. On the other hand, Rafael Mateo drew attention to the importance of this type of provincial fairs, being “a good way to reach a large number of people of the rural world, who are the ones who maintain hunting activity to a large extent and whose management depends on its sustainability".
The IREC was created in 1999 by the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), the University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM) and the Regional Government of Castilla-La Mancha (JCCM) to provide a scientific basis for hunting management in order to ensure its sustainability within a framework of biodiversity conservation and compatibility with other human activitiessuch as agriculture and livestock. Currently, the IREC has a staff of about 100 workers, professors and researchers who publish more than 150 scientific articles a year in international journals, information that is later transferred to public administrations, NGOs, foundations and companies for its application to the management of wildlife and its environment based on scientific knowledge generated.