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Meetings

Date: 
Wednesday, November 23, 2016 to Thursday, November 24, 2016
Location: 
The Hague, The Netherlands

A second regional meeting of the North West European range states of the AEWA Black-tailed Godwit International Working Group took place on 23 and 24 November 2016 in The Hague, The Netherlands. Representatives from The Netherlands, Germany, the United Kingdom and Belgium,  as well as the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat came together to discuss the implementation of the AEWA International Single Species Action Plan for the Black-tailed Godwit across the breeding and staging areas in North West Europe.

The meeting was organized and financed by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs.

Date: 
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 to Friday, October 25, 2013
Location: 
Kiev, Ukraine

The regional meeting under the AEWA Black-tailed Godwit International Working Group of the Eastern European Breeding range states took place on the 23.-25. October 2013 in Kyiv, Ukraine. Representatives from Belarus, Finland, Latvia, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Russia, Poland and Ukraine as well as the Netherlands and the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat came together to discuss the implementation of the AEWA International Single Species Action Plan for the Black-tailed Godwit across the breeding and staging areas in Eastern Europe. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Volodymyr Domashlinets from the Ukrainian Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources and facilitated by the Working Group Coordinator Mr. Ivo Walsmit.

The meeting commenced with presentations of each national delegation on the current status of the species in their country, with only Finland reporting an increasing trend. The main threat to the species in the Eastern European breeding countries is habitat loss due to changing agricultural practices and land use changes in general (for example the increased management of seasonal floods and well as the degradation of mires). Other challenges include gaps in knowledge and the threat from hunting.

Conservation activities prioritized by the countries to be implemented in the short term include the identification and subsequent protection of key breeding sites, the implementation of mowing and grazing activities where appropriate, identifying local habitat requirements and implementing them as well as identifying the migration routes. Countries also discussed the establishment of a common color-ringing scheme for Black-tailed Godwits along the Eastern European flyway within the framework of the Wader Study Group as well as a joint research project for the Eastern European breeding countries to close knowledge gaps with a focus on Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. 

The meeting was organized by the Ukrainian Society for the Protection of Birds (USPB) with funding provided by BirdLife Netherlands and the Ministry of Economic Affairs in the Netherlands. 

Date: 
Monday, October 15, 2012 to Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Location: 
Netherlands

The first regional meeting of the AEWA Black-tailed Godwit International Working Group took place in the Netherlands on the 15th and 16th of October 2012. In this meeting the threats and opportunities of the North West European breeding population have been discussed. 

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