Goose Management in the Wadden Sea Region


The proper management of geese is an issue of increasing relevance in the Wadden Sea Region due to increasing numbers of geese and improved cropping systems favored by geese. On the one hand geese are a natural part of the Wadden Sea and adjoining mainland coastal areas and are a typical element of the Wadden Sea Region biodiversity for which the Wadden Sea states have an international responsibility. They also constitute an important touristic attraction. On the other hand, some goose species cause increasing damage to farmlands, while current management schemes for geese are highly variable between countries and liable to further improvement and harmonization.

In 2015 the WSF goose management group decided to cooperate with national and international initiatives to minimize the impacts of increasing migratory goose populations in Europe on economic activities and natural ecosystems.


Starting with a trilateral working group on agricultural issues, the WSF specialised on Goose Management and elaborated reports on the topic. Today, the WSF collaborates with AEWA. Find out more about our process of becoming a member of the international regarded and accepted AEWA organisation, our publications and the latest meetings.

2023-02: WSF Goose Management Meeting - AEWA Update

At February 21st, 10 to 12 hours, another WSF Goose Management Group meeting took place. This meeting focussed on the introduction to the AEWA European Goose Management Platform (EGMP) as well as progress and prospects. The WSF GMG got an overview of the recent developments at AEWA EGMP by Eva Meyers (Coordinator of EGMP), Prof Dr Jesper Madsen (University Aarhus and Head of EGMP Data Centre) and Ingunn Tombre (Coordinator of Task Force Agriculture and Senior Research Scientist of Norwegian Institute of Nature Research).

More than 20 people attended this meeting. Moreover, new participants were welcomed in this meeting of the trilateral WSF Goose Management Group. After each presentation, questions were asked with regard to the work of the EGMP in general and the Data Centre in particular. It gets clear that AEWA EGMP is collecting and processing publicly available and provided data by the Range States on different geese species, which are published on their website. Moreover, the coordinator of the Task Force Agriculture gives a detailed overview of its work. Mrs Tombre invites participants of the meeting to provided suggestions and proposals on topics to be dealt with in the respective Task Force Agriculture.

The presentations of this meeting could be downloaded here:

Invitation as pdf: WSF_GMG_Invitation_2023-02

Eva Meyers, EGMP Coordinator: EGMP_WSF_Meyers

Jesper Madsen, Head of EGMP Data Centre: EGMP_WSF_DataCentre_Madsen

Ingunn Tombre, Coordinator TF Agriculture: EGMP_WSF_TFAgri_Tombre



2019 WSF Resolution Goose Management

WSF Trilateral-Goose-Management-Scheme-2013

2013 WSF Goose Management Scheme

WSF Trilateral-Goose-Management-Report-2010

2010 WSF Goose Management Report

AEWA European Geese Management Measures

2019 AEWA Management Measures

AEWA Management Plan Greylag Goose

2018 AEWA Management Plan: Greylag Goose

AEWA Management Plan Barnacle Goose

2018 AEWA Management Plan: Barnacle Goose

AEWA Management Plan Pink-footed Goose

2012 AEWA Management Plan: Pink-footed Goose