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RECAP Committee for the Lesser White-fronted Goose in Fennoscandia holds 4th meeting at UN Campus in Bonn

Bonn, 24 June 2011 – The Committee for Captive Breeding, Reintroduction and Supplementation of Lesser White-fronted Geese in Fennoscandia (RECAP) was convened by the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat for its fourth meeting on the 16th of June 2011 at the UN Campus in Bonn, Germany. Committee members Finland, Norway and Sweden as well as observer country Germany were all represented. The meeting was chaired by AEWA Acting Executive Secretary, Dr. Marco Barbieri.

One of the main agenda items was the presentation of an independent review on Lesser White-fronted Goose (LWfG) flyways in Europe prepared by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO). The review was commissioned by the Secretariat on behalf of the Committee in an attempt to shed more light on past flyways of the LWfG in Europe before the dramatic decline of the species starting in the 1950s.

BTO representatives Andy Musgrove and John Marchant started off the meeting with a presentation of the review, including the main conclusion that there is little evidence that LWfG were migrating along a so-called “Atlantic flyway” from the breeding areas in cialis northern Sweden to the south over western parts of Germany and the Netherlands, although the possibility that such a migration route had existed in the past before European ornithology had developed sufficiently to record http://mccallssf.com/ it could not be completely ruled out. Whilst the Committee agreed with the conclusions of the review, Sweden requested that BTO in addition look at web-based data on LWfG sightings to complement the information derived from published data and to see if this additional information would perhaps alter some of the conclusions of the review.

Sweden also presented a request that background information on the Swedish LWfG population in the International Single Species Action Plan (SSAP) which it considers to be incorrect should be revised as soon as possible. The request in particular concerns changing the labeling of the Swedish population to supplemented instead of reintroduced.

Following a discussion, Committee members agreed that any revision of the SSAP will have to be undertaken by a decision-making body of the Agreement. Sweden was requested by the Chair to submit its proposal for amendments in writing to the next AEWA Technical Committee Meeting in September 2011, from which it can be passed on for a decision to the AEWA Standing Committee in November and the fifth Meeting of the Parties to AEWA in May 2012 if necessary.

Other topics on the agenda included national reports on the current situation of the LWfG in each country as well as an update on the ongoing implementation of the SSAP, which is being coordinated by the Secretariat.

For more information, please contact Ms. Nina Mikander, Coordinator for the Lesser White-fronted Goose at the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat.