European Rabbit Iberian Coordination Committee
The main objective of the LIFE Iberconejo is to create a governance structure (ERICC, European Rabbit Iberian Coordination Committee) to coordinate the management of rabbits in the Iberian Peninsula via protocols for monitoring populations and their health status, as well as the damage they cause to agriculture.
Initially, the ERICC was composed of the beneficiaries of the LIFE Iberconejo project and shared functions with the project’s Monitoring Committee. The setting up of the Coordination Committee at the same time as the project itself is being got underway will enable the details of how the Committee will operate to be designed and assessed before its formalization.
Both public and regional administrations, along with representatives from the academic world, agricultural and hunting lobbies, and conservationist groups, will be invited to participate in the ERICC meetings and to gradually become involved in the Committee as members.
Once the LIFE Iberconejo project has finished, the ERICC will remain as the governance body in the Iberian Peninsula under the auspices of the relevant public administrations in both Spain and Portugal. Its tasks will be to implement – and, if necessary, update – management protocols, coordinate aspects relating to sanitary issues, populations, hunting and agriculture, and apply the appropriate protocols wherever necessary.
Within the ERICC there are a number of working groups (WG) where proposals put forward during the development of the project are debated.
The idea is to create the following working groups: