Opportunities for ecological networks Enforcing hunting bans on geese at key sites when lesser white- fronted geese are present is currently considered the only way to effectively halt the ongoing decline of the species. This should be coupled with awareness-raising, identification training and involvement of hunters in conservation efforts at key sites. An International Working Group has been convened for this threatened species under the African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) International Single Species Action Plan for the Conservation of the Western Palearctic population of the lesser white-fronted goose. Bringing together representatives from
all 22 key range states, the Working Group aims to coordinate and enhance conservation efforts along the flyways of the two Western Palearctic sub-populations, for example, by agreeing on which conservation activities should be prioritized, developing a common monitoring scheme, and sharing best practices as well as resources. Within this framework, the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat also encourages and assists range states in forming National Working Groups and drafting National Action Plans for the species. This will also hopefully contribute to ensuring a long-term commitment in individual range states to participate actively in the conservation of the lesser white-fronted goose.
Figure 23: Migration of lesser white-fronted goose. 61