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.

2022-04 WSF/Oldenburg1 Reportage about Geese

Oldenburg1 Reportage about goose management

From our project "MediaWatt - Media work in the Waddensea World Heritage with voluntary service workers" a short reportage was taken and can be seen here:
and also here: "MediaWatt"

(As it is a German project the reportage language is German)



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 Pink-footed Goose

2012 AEWA Management Plan: Pink-footed Goose

AEWA Management Plan Barnacle Goose

2018 AEWA Management Plan: Barnacle Goose