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 overall goal is to make new knowledge acquired in the Range States available to those interested in the efforts being undertaken to save the Lesser White-fronted Goose as well as in international waterbird conservation promoted under the AEWA banner.
The first two reports in the series – which are now available as PDF downloads on the AEWA website – feature the results of a monitoring mission to the Syrian Arab Republic conducted in February 2010 and those from a one-year pilot project focusing on the regulation of hunting of waterbirds in the Kuma-Manych Depression in the Russian Federation (March 2010 – February 2011).
The monitoring mission to Syria was undertaken in an effort to locate possible wintering areas of LWfG from the Western main population, following occasional sightings as well as information received from a satellite tagged individual in 2006/2007. 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. Read on