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Species Action Framework - Greenland white-fronted goose 2008/2009 Work Programme Report GREENLAND WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE STUDY A Five Year Species Action Framework Scotland has some of the best wild areas and most iconic species in the whole of Europe. Our biodiversity is a vital part of our natural and cultural heritage that enriches and underpins our lives the air we breathe, the water we use and the soil we grow our food in all depend on it. But our actions are threatening the ability of the earth's ecosystems to sustain us in future. The Scottish Biodiversity Strategy sets out what we need to do over the next 25 years to conserve and enhance biodiversity. The importance of Scotland's biodiversity to our health, individually and as a nation, is emphasized in the Strategy, as is the enormous economic value. We now need to prioritize the way we manage species, focusing on those where we expect significant gains to overall biodiversity, and thereby benefits to the people of Scotland, will result. SNH has therefore produced a Species Action Framework which sets out a strategic approach to species management in Scotland. In addition, 32 species have been identified as the focus of new action for five years from 2007. To find out about the species on the 'Species Action List' please visit; http://www.snh.org.uk/speciesactionframework. Report on the 2008/2009 Greenland white-fronted goose Species Action Framework Work Programme Activities carried out under the terms of Species Action Framework for the Greenland white-fronted goose comprised mostly of work carried out under programmes to fulfil two major objectives during the year 2008/2009. 1. To consult over a draft Flyway Plan by holding a workshop with representatives from all five range states. 2. To finalise and update the Greenland white-fronted goose population inventory that is on the World Wide Web. 1. International workshop Tasks established under this objective were: 1. To convene a working group to develop the Flyway Plan workshop comprising of the Partners and other relevant individuals. The working group will be chaired by SNH and planned to meet approximately monthly from mid- 2008 until the time of the workshop. The working group was made responsible for the co-ordination and organisation of the workshop, as well as the identification of partners and individuals responsible for specific tasks. 2. For the Partners to hold a Flyway Plan workshop during February 2009 on the island of Islay, with representatives from all five range states present to discuss and agree actions within the Flyway Plan. 3. For the Greenland White-fronted Goose Study Group to draft the Flyway Plan in preparation for the workshop, with input from other Partners, to consult with all interested parties both prior to, during and after the workshop and to update it in light of the outcomes of the workshop and to cost actions. as detailed in tasks 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 of the Greenland white-fronted goose Implementation Plan. In the event, Scottish Natural Heritage and the Greenland White-fronted Goose Study successfully organised an international workshop on Islay to discuss the conservation of the Greenland white-fronted goose on the 24–26 February 2009. Fifty experts from throughout the flyway, including international conservation organisations, stakeholder groups and, importantly, representatives of the local farming community were brought together to discuss the range of threats and pressures currently acting on the population. The workshop agreed and prioritised necessary conservation actions which will be included in a proposed international action plan for the population. The meeting reviewed the past 30 years of conservation actions for the geese, notably the progressive protection from hunting in the four Range States, the development of national networks of protected areas, and resolution of conflicts with agriculture, especially on the wintering areas. However, new threats are emerging which are currently causing the population to decline rapidly. The workshop assessed these threats and made recommendations for necessary research and conservation actions throughout the flyway that could halt the decline. The workshop programme included a session on managing wintering sites for Greenland white-fronted geese and an evening slideshow that were both open to the public. In addition, a number of the meeting participants visited four of Islay’s primary schools to explain about the life of the geese throughout the annual cycle (i.e. including when they are away from Islay), current threats and the need for an international workshop. This educational component was an important part of the planning of the workshop and was well received locally. Each child was given a conference t-shirt which showed the international flyway and localities where a typical Islay White-front would be found each month of the year – laid out in the form of a ‘tour list’. Following the consultation on the international action plan at the workshop the plan has been updated and further consultation is currently being undertaken. The plan will enable necessary measures to be put in place that could halt the current decline. Outputs from the workshop, most notably the action plan, will be used by Scotland to identify additional tasks to be carried out in Scotland and finalise the species implementation plan as part of the Species Action Framework. The total costs of workshop were £17,332 plus substantial ‘in kind’ contributions from the Greenland white-fronted goose Study. Annexes A and B provide a breakdown of the expenditure. Web-based Resources Great strides have been made in adding to the existing web resource in a variety of ways during the period of the award. In particular, a new web resource was established to provide information on resightings of marked Canada Geese and White-fronted Geese in North America: http://greenland08.wikispaces.com/Recoveries+and+resightings http://greenland09.wikispaces.com/Ringing+results+and+recoveries More importantly, the web site was established to http://gwfg-conservation.wikispaces.com/ This contains the draft of the International Action Plan tabled and discussed at the workshop on Islay, together with a detailed programme from the process, inviting public consultation and input, as well as setting out the precise timetable for delivery and the membership of the steering group responsible for the action planning process. The website also presents information on participants, the workshop programme, the concluding statement and a summary of the conclusions from the workshop and a compendium of links to other websites and sources of information relating to Greenland white-fronted geese (e.g. individual site citations of SPAs designated for their importance as Greenland white-fronted goose sites), as well as a media digest linking press coverage of the subspecies and the workshop. Costs of establishing and maintaining such web-based resource were £1,000 plus substantial in ‘in kind’ contributions from the GWFGSG. Greenland white-fronted goose Species Action Framework Contacts: Dr Christine Urquhart Prof. Tony Fox Scottish Natural Heritage Greenland white-fronted goose Study Argyll & Stirling Area c/o Department of Wildlife Ecology and 1 Kilmory Industrial Estate Biodiversity, National Environmental Lochgilphead Research Institute, Argyll University of Aarhus, PA31 8RR Kalø, Scotland Grenåvej 14, DK-8410 Rønde, Denmark T: (+44) 1546 603611 T: (+45) 89201505 E: Christine.firstname.lastname@example.org E: email@example.com Annex A: Direct expenditure by SNH under contract to cover Workshop costs Per person/unit Actual cost Figures Travel Coach hire Wednesday £450.00 Refreshments Day 1 3 £144.00 Day 2 (excursion day) 1.5 £238.70 Day 3 3 £132.00 Pre Dinner Drinks (Day 1) £408.00 Lunches Day 1 6 £240.00 Day 2 (excursion day) 9.50 £397.50 Day 3 6 £252.00 Packed Lunches (excursion day) £18.00 Evening meals Day 1-Formal dinner hosted by SNH Tuesday evening 25.00 £1,225.00 Day 2 (excursion day) 20 £997.50 Day 3 20 £480.00 Hire of halls Bowmore Hall, 9am-9pm 25 February £324.00 Delegate support Accommodation for (6) delegates 38 £837.00 PR materials Posters £108.68 School Leaflets £316.25 Whisky miniatures 1.5 £89.40 Ileach Advert £21.49 MISC £247.84 Total £6,927 Annex B: Indirect expenditure via Greenland white-fronted goose Study under contract to cover flyway plan preparation, delivery of the plan to the international workshop, consultation and updating of the plan post workshop and upgrading of website costs EXPENDITURE VIA GREENLAND WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE STUDY SNH Matching funded funding expenditure from under GWFG contract outwith contract Travel reimbursement for workshop delegates £ £ Support for attendance by key Range States (4 delegates) 3957 Drafting of flyway action plan, participation in planning meetings Various staff c.91 person/days, split 1/6 SNH 5/6 GWFG 5250 26250 Costs for workshop attendance Accommodation (Islay) 570 Ferry 69 Accommodation (en route) 150 Consumables (telephone, postage, etc.) 409 Sub-total 10405 26250 Creation of a web portal for the plan/updating of web site Various staff c.16 person/days, split 1/6 SNH 5/6 GWFG 1000 5000 Grand total 11405 31250
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