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Report Series

The Lesser White-fronted Goose report series was launched by the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat under the framework of the AEWA Lesser White-fronted Goose International Working Group in early 2011. As the implementation of the Single Species Action Plan for the Lesser White-fronted Goose progresses, the amount of available information on the species also increases. The reports provide a way to make results from projects implemented under the Action Plan and the International Working Group - including conclusions and recommendations for further conservation measures - widely available. 

The reports are available for download in PDF-format here on the Lesser White-fronted Goose International Working Group website. At present there are no plans to produce printed versions of the reports.

If you would be interested in contributing to the report series or require more information, please contact the Working Group Coordinator.


The first report in the series features the results of a Lesser White-fronted Goose monitoring mission to the Syrian Arab Republic conducted in February 2010, in an effort to locate possible wintering areas of Lesser White-fronted Geese from the Western main sub-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 Lesser White-fronted Goose sites in Syria. The mission was carried out by Mr. Toni Eskelin and Mr. Sami Timonen, who are both long-standing members of the WWF Finland Lesser White-fronted Goose taskforce.

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The second report features the results of a one year pilot-project focusing on the regulation of spring and autumn hunting of waterbirds in the Kumo-Manych Depression in the Republic of Kalmykia in south-western Russia.The project, which was carried out from March 2010 to February 2011, made very good progress in protecting this key site for Lesser White-fronted Geese and Red-breasted Geese (Branta ruficollis). In addition to extensive work in the field (monitoring, study of feeding habits and preferred biotypes), project milestones included an interregional meeting on the use of waterfowl between the three regional authorities (oblasts) in which the Kuma-Manych Depression lies. As a result, two of the three regional oblasts agreed to temporarily close spring hunting at the site. An Interregional Working Group was established to continue work on these issues. A draft Action Plan for the optimization of the use of waterfowl at the Kumo-Manych stopover site has been updated by the Working Group and has been submitted to the local governments for adoption. Several workshops for hunters were also organized concentrating on awareness-raising and identification skills. Last but not least, the report also entails recommendations for further conservation activities to be implemented in Kumo-Manych as well as suggestions as to how the conservation methods applied could be used at other key sites. The project was coordinated and carried out by Ms. Sonia Rozenfeld of the Goose, Swans and Duck Study Group of Northern Eurasia (RGG).

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