Falconry is one of the oldest relationships between man and predator, which has lasted for more than 4000 years. It is the traditional activity of hunting using trained birds of prey in a natural environment. The falcon and its prey have evolved their existence together over millions of years. The falcon is adapted to hunting prey and prey has developed many ways of escaping. This leads to a fascinating view when these opposite interests battle with each other. Falconry is considered to be a deeply emphatic activity and falconers understand that their predators and hunted animals must be preserved for future centuries to come.
The nomination of falconry was a record in terms of the number of countries that proposed it for the list: Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, South Korea, Mongolia, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Syria and Spain.