New Sociable Lapwing Action Plan revealed today

An important step for the future conservation of Sociable Lapwing will be made later today in La Rochelle, France, when the new International Species Action Plan for its conservation is presented for adoption at the Africa Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) Meeting of Parties that is taking place there this week.

Securing protection through official legislation is a vital part of protecting species throughout their ranges and formal adoption of the new International Species Action Plan by the many government representatives attending this meeting will be a very important milestone.

Speaking from the meeting – Rob Sheldon – Sociable Lapwing Project Leader and RSPB’s Head of International Species Recovery said “The new Species Action Plan is a much needed update to the first one published in 2004. The new plan incorporates considerable knowledge about the threats we have discovered during the past seven years and presents a roadmap for tangible conservation action that our Range State Partners have embraced and are already carrying out.”

AEWA is an international treaty administered by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) dedicated to the conservation of migratory waterbirds such as pelicans, cranes, storks, terns and waders and their habitats throughout their range. More than 200 representatives including Government officials, NGOs and relevant experts are coming together at the meeting this week to discuss urgent conservation action that is needed to address the many threats facing migratory waterbirds throughout the African-Eurasian region.

“Migratory waterbirds and people – sharing wetlands” is the meeting theme and topics on the agenda include: impacts of power lines, extractive industries, renewable energy developments, agrochemicals, alien species and climate change on migratory waterbirds, the importance of waterbird monitoring, promotion of twinning schemes and strengthening the implementation of AEWA, particularly in Africa.

The meetings were directly preceded by the annual World Migratory Bird Day, which took place last weekend. You can read more about that here.

The image at the head of this post is of members of the Sociable Lapwing International Working Group who contributed to the new Action Plan at their inaugural meeting in Syria during March 2011.

Related posts:

  1. Syria hosts inaugural meeting of the Sociable Lapwing International Working Group.
  2. AEWA
  3. Swarovski Optik announces new conservation commitment
  4. Have you seen a Sociable Lapwing recently?
  5. Project Partners and their roles

16 Responses

  1. Rob Sheldon 16. May, 2012 at 9:44 pm #

    Now I know what it feels like to be a Head of State working on international treaties!!!! Here at the AEWA Meeting of the Parties we are running behind schedule and working into the night. I’m still waiting for the moment to present the Sociable Lapwing Species Action Plan! We’re about to reconvene for another session – who knows maybe our time will come soon. I’ll report back tomorrow – hopefully!

  2. jim 17. May, 2012 at 8:59 am #

    Good luck presenting the new Species Action Plan Rob – we look forward to hearing how it goes…

  3. Rob Sheldon 17. May, 2012 at 10:44 am #

    Well the big moment never really came – although we worked passed midnight. To push on with the heavy agenda, all the Species Action Plans were agreed without the need for formal presentations. Nobody had any comments on the plan – so it has been adopted.

    This means we have an agreed action plan across the 13 principal range states – this is great news, now we need to continue our Amazing Journey.

    Thanks to everyone who has been involved in Sociable Lapwing work during the last 8 years – together, we’ve achieved a huge amount.


  4. Alice 17. May, 2012 at 11:38 am #

    Wow! A great achievment! Really inspiring to see what can be done through partnership working.

  5. Kelly Thomas 17. May, 2012 at 12:04 pm #

    This is a great achievement. I wish you all the best of luck in implementing the plan.

  6. Tim Jones 17. May, 2012 at 3:51 pm #

    Don’t open the champagne just yet Rob (or have another bottle ready!). Technically there’s still one more hurdle to go – the official approval of the AEWA Resolution that will adopt the international Action Plan for Sociable Lapwing (along with the plans for Slaty Egret, Bewick’s Swan, Greenland White-fronted Goose, Red-breasted Goose and Pink-footed Goose).

    That should now be just a formality tomorrow morning, (assuming the delegates make it back from today’s excursion) following the green light from the technical working group at its midnight session.

    Having participated in the AEWA Sociable Lapwing mission to Syria in 2010, it’s great to be here in La Rochelle to see the Action Plan commanding support from across the African-Eurasian region; hopefully that will be converted into an equivalent boost for implementation. Congratulations Rob and everybody who has helped get things to this vital stage.

  7. Ian Fisher 17. May, 2012 at 4:15 pm #

    This is great news and a huge step towards the protection of this superb bird. Well done to the team of people who have made this happen – they should all feel very proud.

  8. Rob Sheldon 17. May, 2012 at 7:39 pm #

    Thanks for all the comments, and although we have one tiny hurdle to go tomorrow, we’re very much there.

  9. Sergey Sklyarenko 17. May, 2012 at 10:39 pm #

    Adoption of SSAP is a great achievement! I think there were no comments not only because of late time of the discussion – the most important reason is the plan is really good. This is revised version, and all the revisions are based on extensive research conducted in Kazakhstan and other countries during 7 years. The species international working group worked well and this is a result. Congratulations to everybody involved! I’m sure in adoption of necessary resolution and rely on successful implementation of the SSAP.

  10. Omar Fadhil 17. May, 2012 at 11:15 pm #

    It is such big efforts and great news indeed; now the species can be saved cooperatively. Best wishes.

  11. Rob Sheldon 18. May, 2012 at 12:57 pm #

    The final rubber stamping of the Action Plan has been completed this morning by the Meeting of the Parties – so we are 100% adopted!!!

  12. Ahmad Aidek 18. May, 2012 at 4:29 pm #

    Many thanks for all,
    It’s good news and I’m sure it was hard work and very useful for the Sociable Lapwing.
    I’m very excited to see it.
    Best Regards

  13. Paul Donald 21. May, 2012 at 8:39 am #

    Great work, well done to everyone involved!

  14. Johannes Kamp 21. May, 2012 at 9:08 am #

    Thanks, Rob, for keeping us updated – and to everyone involved for making this happen! The adoption of the plan really is a great achievement, made possible by all the hard work that was done during the SAP workshops in Almaty and Palmyra (and the great team spirit of this truly international BirdLife project), and the enthusiastic field research, advocacy and education in between the meetings.

    Funny that the meeting is in La Rochelle, where we presented the first results of research on SL productivity during a Wader Study Group Meeting back in 2006!

    Also many thanks for your constant push towards implementation of the plan – it’s great that there is still funding available for population monitoring in Kazakhstan (where Ruslan and colleagues are very busy ringing chicks when I type this comment), and surveys elsewhere. I very much hope that implementation on the political level will now commence as well.

  15. Nick Askew 23. May, 2012 at 10:37 pm #

    Well done to everyone involved in this work, and keep up the good work.

  16. Maxim Koshkin 30. May, 2012 at 8:09 am #

    This is a really great news! Congratulations everyone inolved! I am sure the implimentation of the plan will be carried out with the same energy and enthusiams of many partners involved as the the plan development stage.

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