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.

2021-12: Webinar “How to manage agricultural damage and conflicts?”

Homepage AEWA Task Force Agriculture

The WSF is member of the AEWA EGMP Task Force Agriculture. In 2020, the TF Agriculture organised two webinars. The first was early this summer on “setting the scene” and was held presenting the range states. The second webinar reflected on the question “How to manage agricultural damage and conflicts?”. More than 130 participants attended the online seminar. To re-watch the presentations please use the link as follows:

For getting the full programme please see pdf-file.



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