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In parallel to the coordination of international conservation measures for the Lesser White-fronted Goose between the 22 range states covered by the AEWA International Single Species Action Plan, the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat can provide - funding permitting - the facilitation of national workshops for the species in key countries. 

The aim of these workshops is to bring together all relevant national stakeholders from government officials to National Park management authorities, hunting organizations, scientists and NGOs to discuss and decide on national conservation measures for the species. National work on the Lesser White-fronted Goose should ideally be led by the representatives designated to the International Working Group. The Secretariat encourages International Working Group Members to take the lead in establishing National Working Groups for organizing implementation nationally.

The ultimate goal of such national workshops is to identify the key threats in each country and to discuss possible solutions with the aim of drafting and adopting a National Action Plan for the species.

To date the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat has organized such workshops in Kazakhstan (October 2010) and Azerbaijan (May 2011) with workshops planned to be organized in Iran, Hungary, Greece and Bulgaria in the near future.

Due to the long declining trend of all Lesser White-fronted Goose populations - and in particular of the Fennoscandian sub-population - various projects have been planned and implemented for the reintroduction/supplementation of Lesser White-fronted Geese in Europe. Differences of opinion remain amongst the Lesser White-fronted Goose range states as well as other stakeholders in Europe on how captive breeding, reintroduction and supplementation of Lesser White-fronted Geese should best be approached.

Based on a compromise negotiated by the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat in 2007 between Sweden, Norway, Finland and Germany the Committee for Captive Breeding, Reintroduction and Supplementation of Lesser White-fronted Geese in Fennoscandia was founded in 2008 to discuss possible contentious issues and for the review of any future reintroduction and supplementation programmes. Sweden, Norway and Finland are full Committee members whilst Germany attends the Committee as an observer.

The UNEP/AEWA Secretariat was charged with facilitating the RECAP Committee process and currently also acts as Chair at Committee meetings. The RECAP Committee is convened by the Secretariat when there is a need to discuss and possibly coordinate activities between the RECAP countries.

The first meeting of the Committee was held in 2008 at the UN Campus in Bonn. Members agreed on Terms of Reference for the Committee as well as priority activities. In September 2009 the Committee met at Nordens Ark in southern Sweden, in order to view the Lesser White-fronted Goose captive breeding facilities situated there. In addition, members agreed on Terms of Reference for an independent expert review of Lesser White-fronted Goose genetics in Fennoscandia. At the third meeting of the Committee in October 2010 in Bonn, the Committee agreed with the results presented by the independent expert on the genetics issue. The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust also reported to the Committee on their feasibility study regarding the possible supplementation/reintroduction of the Fennoscandian sub-population which breeds in Norway. Committee members also agreed on Terms of Reference for an independent expert review on Lesser White-fronted Goose flyways in Europe and discussed a project presented by the German NGO Aktion Zwerggans. The fourth Committee meeting was again held at the UN Campus in Bonn in June 2011. The British Trust for Ornithology presented its independent expert review on the history of Lesser White-fronted Goose flyways in Europe.

RECAP Committee Terms of Reference:

- Terms of Reference of the RECAP Committee

Independent expert reviews commissioned by the Committee:

Lesser White-fronted Goose Genetics in Fennoscandia (Executive Summary), Dr. George Amato, Sakler Institute for Genetics, 2010
Lesser White-fronted Goose Flyways in Europe, John Marchant & Andy Musgrove, British Trust for Ornithology, 2011

Meeting minutes:

1st Meeting of the RECAP Committee, May 2008
2nd Meeting of the RECAP Committee, September 2009
3rd Meeting of the RECAP Committee, October 2010
4th Meeting of the RECAP Committee, June 2011

For the full meeting documents of the RECAP Committee meetings, please visit the AEWA website.

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