The Waterbird Harvest Specialist Group (WHSG) can trace its orgins back to the IWRB "Hunting Research Group" initially set up by Dr Teppo Lampio in 1969. It is now being reconstitued with the main purpose to support science-based decision making concerning the harvest of waterbird populations to ensure that their use is ecologically, socially and economically sustainable.
The WHSG will be open to serve as a global forum for sharing knowledge and practical experience on waterbird harvesting. The practical work will be organised according to the major flyway instruments, with an initial focus on the Agreement Area of the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds Agreement (AEWA).
Membership to the group is open to both individuals and organizations with a proven record of:
- technical and/or scientific aspects of waterbird harvest management (biological, socio-economic),
- working on and supporting sustainable management of waterbirds, and
- committed to work towards building trust between relevant stakeholder groups.
Applications with letter of movation detailing what experience you bring to the group and your expectations (300 words max.), should be directed to the Waterbird Harvest Specialist Group Secretariat provided by the European Federation of Associations for Hunting and Conservation (FACE), from where they will be submitted to the Waterbird Harvest Specialist Group Board for approval.
For more information, please contact WHSG Chair Prof. Jesper Madsen or Dr. Taej Mundkur at Wetlands International.
The Waterbird Harvest Specialist Group was re-launched on 28 August 2013 at a special session on waterbird management at the 31st Congress of the International Union of Game Biologists which took place in Brussels, Belgium on the 27 – 29 August 2013. [added 4 September 2013]