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New Report Series for the Lesser White-fronted Goose – Report on Possible Wintering Areas in Syria Now Available

The UNEP/AEWA Secretariat is pleased to announce the launch of a new report series developed under the AEWA Lesser White-fronted Goose International Working Group (LWfG IWG). The new LWfG Reports will, for example, feature the results and outcomes from Lesser White-fronted Goose conservation projects being carried out across the species range as part of the implementation of the AEWA LWfG Single Species Action Plan.The first report in the series, which is now available as PDF download on the AEWA website, features the results of a monitoring mission to the Syrian Arab Republic conducted in February 2010, in an effort to locate possible wintering areas of LWfG from the Western main population. In addition to descriptions of the main sites visited and detailed accounts of sighted waterbirds, the report also entails recommendations for conservation activities to be implemented at key LWfG sites in Syria. The report was compiled by Toni Eskelin and Sami Timonen, who are both long-standing members of the Finnish WWF LWfG taskforce with many years of experience in LWfG conservation.Funding for the mission was kindly made available by the Norwegian Directorate for Nature Management and the Finnish Ministry of the Environment. In addition a special thanks goes to the BirdLife International Middle East office as well as the Syrian Ministry for the Environment, the General Commission for Badia Management and Development and the Syrian Society for the Conservation of Wildlife (SSCW) for their assistance in making the mission possible.Experts interested in publishing reports within the LWfG IWG series are asked to contact their national LWfG focal points or the Working Group Coordinator, Ms. Nina Mikander. The reports will be made available for download in PDF format on the AEWA website. At present there are no plans to produce printed versionSurvey of possible Lesser White-fronted Goose (Anser erythropus) wintering sites in the Syrian Arab Republic.