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Title of the project

Gamekeepers Body of Hunting Organizations in Greece and environmental law enforcement


Hunting Organisations in Greece founded the Gameguard Body in 2000 with one basic aim: Enforce environmental law in order to protect wildlife species and their habitat, prevent biodiversity loss, and control wildlife crimes.

Hunters are in charge of the implementation and organisation of the whole system of gamekeeping.

Gamekeepers control all types of violations concerning illegal hunting activity, as well as they patrol and control for any other kind of environmental violations equal to the Forest Guards of the Pubic Forestry Service. When they locate a violation of environmental law they confiscate illegal material, and they file an official lawsuit to the Forestry Service.


During the last decade (2000-2012): 1,210,969 inspections were realized21,346 offenses were officially filed6,5 million kilometers per yearcovered5,000,000 hours of patrolling were completed.


Country C
Level National

Starting date


Habitat Types


Protection status of the areas

Natura 2000RamsarRegional protected areaNational protected areaAreas with voluntary or mandatory hunting banHunting reserveNo protection status


Species Caracteristics Huntable species, Abundant species
Species Type BirdsMammals, Generalist predators
Name(s) of main species European Rabbit (Oryctolgaus cuniculus), Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus), Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago), Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus), Eurorasian Coot (Fulicula atra), Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons), Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula), Common Woodpigeon (Columba palumpus), Common Pochard (Aythia ferina), Northern Shoveller (Anas clypeata), Northern Pintail (Anas acuta), Garganey (Anas querquedula), Wigeon (Anas penelope), Gadwall (Anas strepera), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Common Teal (Anas crecca), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone), Jackdaw (Corvus monedula), Common Magpie (Pica pica), Starling (Sturnus vulgaris), Common Blackbird (Turdus merula), Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris), Redwing (Turdus iliacus), Mistle Thrush (Turdus viscivorus), Song Thrush (Turdus filomelos), Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur), Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), European Hare (Lepus europaeus), Skylark (Alauda arvensis), Woodcock (Scolopax rusticola), Common Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus), Common Quail (Coturnix coturnix), Chuckar Partridge (Alectoris chukar), Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes), Rock Partridge (Alectoris graeca), Beech marten (Martes foina), Wild boar (Sus scrofa)

Conservation action(s)

Enforcement (e.g. of hunting legislation, codes of conduct)


Leading partners The Hellenic Hunters Confederation (Κυνηγετική Συνομοσπονδία Ελλάδας). http://www.ksellas.gr
Other partners Hunting Federation of Crete & Dodecanese (www.akokd.gr), Hunting Federation of Archipelago (www.bkoa.gr), Hunting Federation of Peloponnese (www.gkop.gr),Hunting Federation of Sterea Hellas (www.dkose.gr), Hunting Federation Epirus (www.ekoepirus.gr), Hunting Federation of Macedonia and Thrace (www.hunters.gr)Hunting Federation of Thessaly (www.komthes.gr).

Estimation of the budget (total or annual)

7.000.000 € per year

Estimation of Human Resources needed

350 gamekeepers


The case of Gamekeepers in Greece (PowerPoint presentation) FACE Members Meeting - Athens 29-31 March 2012How Hunting Organizations contribute to the protection and conservation of wildlife species and their habitat. The case of Gamekeepers in Greece FACE Members Meeting, Athens 29th -31st of March 2012Summary of actions and positions of Hellenic Hunters Confederation for hunting management, environmental protection and protection of Amvrakikos bay. one-day seminar The Hunting Activity in the Context Management & Protection of Amvrakikos, Greece, Arta 27-6-2012How do Hunting Organizations in Greece effectively confront and control poaching. European Conference: Illegal Killing of Birds, Cyprus, Larnaka, 6 – 8 July 2011.http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/cultureheritage/nature/bern/documents/072011_IKB/Presentations/KSE_Cyprus_July2011.pdf http://www.ambientum.com/documentos/pdf/Report_IKB_FINAL-captura-ilegal-matanza-aves-Europa.pdf Contribution of Greek hunting associations to low enforcement for the wildlife protectionXXXth IUGB Congress (International Union of Game Biologist) and Perdix XIII. Barcelona Spain 5-9 September 2011. http://www.iugb2011.com/social/ExtendedAbstractsv2.pdf