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The international conservation efforts for the Red-breasted Goose, were orignially started by the Red-breasedt Goose International Working Group, which was formed by keen experts and conservationists working on the species. The Group included representatives and contacts from all range countries. One of the main focus of the IWG was the coordinated monitoring counts first initiated at the wintering grounds in Bulgaria, Romania and Ukraine, and later expended with the migration bottle necks for the species in Kazakhstan and Kalmykia in Russia. The data collecetd during those coordinated counts provided basis for extablishing the size of the global population and its trends.

The the AEWA Red-breasted Goose International Working Group was institutionlised at the end of 2011 when the AEWA Secretariat sent out letters to the key range countries to assigne delegates and national experts to the group. The first meeting of the International Working Group is planned for February 2014 in Bulgaria.

Current activities of the group include coordination of national experts in range countries to maintain the coordinated monitoring work. Support and guidance in local initiatives and project applications. Active contact with similar groups like the AEWA Lesser  White-fronted Goose International Working Group is maintained to maximaise effect of local conservation and monitoring efforts and projects.

In addition a new EU LIFE+ project to safeguard the Red-breasted Goose at its key wintering grounds in Bulgaria commenced in November 2010 and is expected to make a significant contribution to giving a start for fulfilling some of the objecteives of the International Action Plan. Many of the project activities and restults would be possible to replicate in other range countries with minimal modification and work is closely coordinated with the AEWA Red-breasted Goose International Working Group to which coordination it contributes financially.

The coordination work of the International Working Group has been significantly suported by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust for the past 10 years, providing expert and fincncial support.

For more information on activities please visit the projects, report series, other activities and other publications pages.

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