Current Topics


In the ongoing quadriennium 2009-2012, the Technical Committee is working on the following ten broad topics:

1. Lead shot, hunting and trade

a) examine, as far as waterbird species covered by the Agreement are concerned, any potential problems from the use of lead shot in terrestrial ecosystems as well as from the use of lead fishing weights (Resolution 4.1);

b) provide a definition of the term “long-established cultural practice” used in paragraph 2.1.1 of the Action Plan; to review the conservation status of populations listed in Column A and marked with an asterisk; to provide advice to the MOP on how to improve their conservation status (Resolution 4.3);

c) review the exemptions listed in paragraph 2.1.3 a-e) of the Action Plan and to advise on whether the term “other overriding public interests” should be amended or defined (Resolution 4.3);

d) provide guidance on a species-by-species basis to the Parties on how to deal with look-alike species with regard to hunting (Resolution 4.3);

e) review paragraph 2.1.2 (a) of the AEWA Action Plan and its passage “if the taking has an unfavourable impact on the conservation status of the population concerned” and to provide guidance to the Meeting of the Parties on the impact of this passage for the implementation of this paragraph (Resolution 4.3);

f) review the periods during which huntable bird populations of conservation concern covered by the Agreement return to their breeding grounds and, if needed, to provide further guidance on the implementation of paragraph 2.1.2 (a) AEWA Action Plan (Resolution 4.3);

g) elaborate a definition or enumeration of examples for the term “modes of taking” used in paragraph 2.1.2 (b) of the Action Plan (Resolution 4.3);

h) review paragraph 2.1.2 (c) and its term “where appropriate” in order to provide Parties with elaborate guidance on the question whether and how bag limits are to be established in the respective countries (Resolution 4.3);

i) review paragraph 2.5 of the Action Plan and to provide advice on whether the term “if they consider it necessary” should be deleted from the text or amended in order to bring it in line with Article III 2 (g) of the Agreement text (Resolution 4.3);

j) review paragraphs 2.1.2 and 4.1 of the Action Plan and, if needed, to provide advice to the Meeting of the Parties on how to amend the text in the way that provisions on “hunting modes”, but also on limitations on hunting seasons as well as limits on taking, clearly refer to Column B and C populations (Resolution 4.3);

k) provide guidance to the Parties on how to implement Paragraph 4.1.1 and, if needed, to advise on possible amendments to the Action Plan in order to provide Parties with more specific requirements with respect to the “principle of sustainable use” (Resolution 4.3).

2. Re-establishment

a) develop supplementary guidance for the re-establishment of waterbirds drawing from data and information compiled in the AEWA review, and inter alia including simple check-lists of necessary activities to guide conservation practitioners (Resolution 4.4);

b) develop a reporting structure, including a standard set of evaluation criteria, to encourage practitioners to provide detailed information about each project stage, and to make this information widely accessible (Resolution 4.4).

3. AEWA Annexes 2 and 3

a) review ornithological data on the Little Tern Sterna albifrons for a better delineation of the Mediterranean populations taking into account the relevant information concerning the Italian breeding population and to draft a consequent proposal for amendments to Table 1, as appropriate, to be presented to MOP5 (Resolution 4.11);

b) review the definitions of geographical terms used in range descriptions of populations in Table 1 and to draft a consequent proposal for amendments to Table 1, as appropriate, to be presented to MOP5 (Resolution 4.11);

c) review, as a matter of priority, in the light of the development of terminology used by IUCN for Red Data Lists, the applicability of the threat criteria, especially the Near Threatened IUCN Category, to the listing of populations in Table 1 and to present options for the amendment of Table 1 to be considered at MOP5 (Resolution 4.11);

d) review taxonomic classifications of birds and suggest the most appropriate classification for the purposes of the Agreement, including application to Annex 2, and to draft a consequent proposal for amendments to Annex 2 and Table 1, as appropriate, to be presented to MOP (Resolution 4.11);

e) draft a proposal for amendments to the AEWA Action Plan to deal with tackling the effects of aquatic invasive non-native species on waterbird habitats to be presented to MOP5 (Resolution 4.11).

4. Table 1 criteria

Develop guidance for interpretation of the term “extreme fluctuations in population size or trend” used in Table 1 of the Action Plan (Resolution 4.12).

5. Climate change

a) identify further research priorities that will inform future adaptation measures, and to bring these to MOP5 for possible inclusion in the Action Plan (Resolution 4.14);

b) assess whether the existing international networks of sites are sufficient for the protection of migratory waterbirds, including the projected climate change effects, and if necessary, to propose to MOP5 which additional complementary approaches should be taken (Resolution 4.14).

6. Single Species Action Plans

Examine the open and/or controversial issues in the SSAPs identified at MOP4 and to propose appropriate revisions to the SSAPs for consideration and adoption by MOP5 (Resolution 4.16).

7. International Implementation Tasks

Review the structure of the International Implementation Tasks (IIT) to enhance their responsiveness to key and emerging issues identified by the international reviews specified in paragraph 7.4 of the Action Plan to be produced in the following quadriennium, and to undertake this task alongside the assessment of these reviews as specified in paragraph 7.6 of the Action Plan (Resolution 4.10); after assessing the reviews also to formulate draft recommendation and resolutions for consideration by MOP (Action Plan 7.6).

8. Conservation Guidelines

Assess the guidelines prepared under Action Plan paragraph 7.3 and formulate draft recommendations and/or resolutions relating to their development/update, content and implementation (Action Plan 7.6).

9. Mining and extractive industries

Produce a review on the effects of mining and extractive industries on wetlands and waterbirds (in collaboration with the Ramsar Convention STRP) (IIT 2009-2016, No. 12).

10. Ongoing and emerging issues

Regularly review ongoing and emerging issues and take a proactive role in dealing with and resolving them.