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International conservation efforts for the Western Palearctic sub-populations of the Lesser White-fronted Goose, coordinated by the AEWA Lesser White-fronted Goose International Working Group and the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat, continue to gain momentum.

At the first meeting of the AEWA Lesser White-fronted Goose International Working Group in Helsinki late 2010, range states agreed on priority conservation activities to be implemented in the short term. Funding-raising and implementation have since focused on these priorities, which include closing key knowledge gaps concerning the migratory routes of the Western main sup-population and reducing the threat of (illegal) hunting along all flyways.

Current activities include several small scale conservation projects being carried out along the along the flyway of the Western main sub-population, focusing on key countries such as the Russian Federation, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Iran and Iraq.  A report series was launched by the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat in 2010 to showcase the findings and recommendations of the projects implemented under the framework of the Lesser White-fronted Goose Working Group.

In addition a new EU LIFE+ project to safeguard the Lesser White-fronted Goose along the European flyway commenced in September 2011 and is expected to make a significant contribution to closing conservation gaps threatening the Fennoscandian sub-population in Europe.

Other activities being coordinated by the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat also include the Committee for Captive Breeding, Reintroduction and Supplementation of Lesser White-fronted Geese in Fennoscandia (RECAP Committee) as well as the facilitation of national workshops in key Lesser White-fronted Goose range states.

Ongoing activities are largely made possible thanks to the continued support of active range states such as Norway, Finland, Sweden and Germany as well as the dedication of Lesser White-fronted Goose experts and international conservation organizations (see the partners page for a full list of main partners).

For more information on activities please visit the projectsreport seriesother activities and other publications pages. For an overview on current research and satellite-tracking efforts please visit the Portal to the Lesser White-fronted Goose hosted by the Fennoscandian Lesser White-fronted Goose Project.

For full picture details, please visit the credits page.