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The road to a spring hunting ban has been long. Amongst many topics this was discussed in a conservation workshop for LWfG that was arranged in Kostanay, Kazakhstan, by AEWA and ACBK in 2010. Photo: AEWA

The spring hunting ban in Kazakhstan: one year on In early 2017, the government of Kazakhstan introduced a ban on spring hunting. One year on, Danara Zharbolova (ACBK/BirdLife Kazakhstan) reflects on why this decision was – and remains – so important.

The Fennoscandian LWfG Conservation project is very happy with this very important conservation action implemented in Kazakhstan. Our colleagues in ACBK has through many years been working hard to gather good field data, and together with hunter’s associations, local and regional governments managed to pull this through with some small help from international bodies like AEWA, BirdLife Norway and so on.
Read more here».

28 March 2018 by Fennoscandian LWfG conservation project


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Uzbekistan Society for the Protection of Birds Photo: UzSPB

Bird of the Year 2018 in Uzbekistan The Uzbekistan Society for the Protection of Birds (UzSPB) have chosen the Lesser White-fronted Goose as Bird of the Year 2018 in Uzbekistan, and will be implementing a wide range of awareness-raising activities, particularly within the hunting community!
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9 March 2018 by Fennoscandian LWfG conservation project


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AEWA report No. 6 Photo: AEWA

Report on motivations for hunting geese, including the illegal killing/accidental shooting of Lesser A new report was released 19 January 2018 by the AEWA Lesser White-fronted Goose Working Group. The report features the outcomes of a project carried out by Stirling University in cooperation with the Association for the Conservation of Biodiversity in Kazakhstan (ACBK) during September-October 2017 in northern Kazakhstan. The aim was to assess the motivations for hunting geese - including the illegal killing/accidental shooting of Lesser White-fronted Geese - in the local communities adjacent to key staging sites.
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23 January 2018 by Fennoscandian LWfG conservation project


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AEWA Lesser White-fronted Goose Working Group Photo: AEWA

International Conservation Action for Lesser White-fronted Geese in 2017 The year 2017 has been busy where a lot conservation activities and projects have been implemented under the framework of the AEWA Lesser White-fronted Goose International Working Group. Following the 3rd Working Group meeting in Trondheim in April 2016, the focus has been on the implementation of key conservation activities outlined in the 2016-2019 workplan.
How are the birds doing? Read more here».

31 December 2017 by Fennoscandian LWfG conservation project


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Geese in afternoon flight in the feeding areas, Kazakhstan. Photo: Tomas Aarvak

New report from the autumn survey in Kazakhstan in 2016 The final report from the 2016 international Lesser White-fronted and Red-breasted Goose monitoring expedition in Kazakhstan is now ready and has been published on the AEWA website»

Observations of LWfG recorded an estimated 32,000 birds during the survey, ~250,000 Greylag Geese, ~53,000 Ruddy Shelducks and ~37,000 Red-breasted Geese. Greater White-fronted Geese) were the most abundant species, with a total of ~890,000 birds. Part of the aim for the present survey was to improve sampling and estimation techniques, so taking into account lakes not visited gives slightly larger estimate for the two target goose species: a total estimate of 34,250 birds (95% confidence intervals 28,500 – 40,100 birds) for the Western population of LWfG, and an estimated population of 50,100 Red-breasted Goose (95% CI 28,100 – 72,600 birds).

17 February 2017 by Fennoscandian LWfG conservation project



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