Background

Appeal to support emergency monitoring of waterbirds in Southeastern Europe

FACE supports the appeal to gather donations for the emergency monitoring of waterbirds in Southeastern Europe launched by Wetlands International.


Wetlands International manages the Waterbird Fund - established after the invitation of the UNEP African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) and the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands - and set up to strengthen the monitoring and conservation of waterbirds in the context of the 51st International Waterbird Census.
 
Monitoring – long-term, repeated data collection – is the foundation for managing and understanding wetlands and the species they support.
 
In Southeastern Europe, extreme low temperatures and snow storms are currently threatening both endangered species such as the Red-breasted Goose and huntable species such as the Greater White-fronted Goose. However, resources for intensive monitoring to inform the current status of these species are very limited.

Donations are requested / more info at: www.waterbird.fund
 
Extreme weather – the need to minimise disturbance:
Wetlands International, the AEWA Secretariat and other organisations are now calling upon national authorities and hunting associations to minimise disturbance during extreme weather conditions, to apply emergency temporary measures (e.g. hunting restrictions) and to report on the situation.

FACE would like to encourage its Members in South East Europe, in particular, to engage with their members and relevant Ministries to ensure that sufficient actions are taken.