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Wednesday, November 7, 2012 to Friday, November 9, 2012
Lake Kerkini, Greece

The second meeting of the AEWA Lesser White-fronted Goose International Working Group is scheduled to take place at Lake Kerkini in Greece on the 7th to the 9th of November 2012.

  • Preliminary agenda (will be made available shortly)

For the full meeting documents, please visit the AEWA website.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 to Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Helsinki, Finland

The first meeting of the AEWA Lesser White-fronted Goose International Working Group took place in Helsinki, Finland at the Finnish Ministry of the Environment on the 30th of November and 1st of December. The meeting was attended by representatives from 16 of the 22 LWfG range states: Bulgaria, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Norway, Romania, Russia, Sweden, Syria, Turkey, and Ukraine. In addition experts from BirdLife International, FACE, Wetlands International and the UK’s Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) took part in the meeting as observers to the group.

The group first discussed and agreed on the chairmanship of the Working Group, Terms of Reference and a format for national reporting. It was decided that the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat, represented by AEWA Technical Officer, Mr. Sergey Dereliev will serve as interim Chair until the next Working Group meeting planned for autumn 2012, where it is expected that one of the range states will take over the rotating chairmanship. The group will  strive to hold face-to-face meetings every two years dependent on available funding. Meetings should, however, take place at least every three years. National reports will therefore be submitted to the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat bi-annually – three months before the next meeting at the latest. Following a proposal by the Chair, financial support for meeting attendance and for implementation measures for eligible range states will be coupled with the timely submission of national reports.

The range states then broke off into two groups (European flyway and Eastern flyway) for discussions on prioritizing activities outlined in the Single Species Action Plan for immediate implementation during the next two years.The identified priority activities will serve as the basis for further work and will also be targeted when attempting to obtain external funding for conservation activities. Priority activities will be reassessed at the next working group meeting based on the implementation progress made so far.

At the request of several range states, the Working Group also agreed on its first recommendations, highlighting amongst other things the need for range state governments  to ensure adequate legal protection of the species, to establish and implement National Action Plans for the species and to cooperate with other range states to develop joint activities for implementation. The group also had a brainstorming session on monitoring which produced a broad outline of a common monitoring scheme which will be further developed by a drafting group consisting of Finland, Germany, Kazakhstan, Norway, BirdLife International and WWT.

For the full meeting documents, please visit the AEWA website.

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