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International Action Plan for the Lesser White-fronted Goose

The International Single Species Action Plan for the Conservation of the Lesser White-fronted Goose (Western Palearctic Population) was adopted at the 4th Meeting of the AEWA Parties in Madagascar in September 2008. The goal of the action plan is to restore the Lesser White-fronted Goose to a favorable conservation status within the AEWA Agreement area by stopping and reversing the current population decline and range contraction. The main focus under the Action Plan is the conservation of the wild Fennoscandian and Western main sub-populations with the aim to restore the Fennoscandian sub-population to 1000 individuals and the Western main sub-population to 20.000 individuals.

The Action Plan sets out the following results through which these goals are to be achieved:

  • reduction of mortality rates;
  • prevention of further habitat loss and degradation;
  • maximizing reproductive success;
  • closure of key knowledge gaps;
  • maximizing international cooperation;
  • and hindering any further introgression of DNA from other goose species into the wild population as a result of further releases.

For each result the action plan sets out specific indicators, means of verification, priority and timescale in addition to specific activities needed to achieve the desired results.

Agreed principles guiding the implementation include the establishment of the AEWA Lesser White-fronted Goose International Working Group, which regularly assesses the efficiency of conservation measures. Each range state is urged to consider supporting on-the-ground conservation measures for the species along the Lesser White-fronted Goose flyways that traverse its territory. In addition, particular attention should be paid to mortality caused by hunting with the aim to urgently implement measures to reduce this threat.

The Action Plan is to be updated every five years with the next update planned for 2013. The updating process will be lead by the International Working Group. The overall coordination of the international implementation of the Action Plan is being led by the Lesser White-fronted Goose Coordinator currently based at the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat.

The UNEP/AEWA Secretariat has a limited number of printed Single Species Action Plans for the Conservation of the Lesser White-fronted Goose available in both English and Russian. For more information, please contact the Working Group Coordinator.

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