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.
At June 19, the EGMP Task Forces met in order to exchange and discuss the progress over the past year. Main part of the Task Force meeting was covered by the workshop on goose population and damages. Members of the Task Force Agriculture presented and published the final report on “Assessment of goose damage to agricultural crops – is there a relationship between goose abundance and yield loss?” https://egmp.aewa.info/sites/default/files/meeting_files/information_documents/AEWA_EGMIWG_Inf_8.15_Goose_Damage_Impact_Assessment.pdf
From June 20 to 22 the European Goose Management Platform International Working Group Meeting No. 8 (EGMP IWG 8) took place. The documents and results could be found on https://egmp.aewa.info/meetings/iwg/detail/8th-meeting-aewa-european-goose-management-international-working-group-egm-iwg8. Important step in this meeting was the acknowledgment of the Task Force Agriculture report on the relationship between goose abundance and yield loss. The participants took positive note of the final report. Now the process starts to draw right conclusions and recommendations from the results of the compilation.