Two leading international experts share experience with Bulgarian colleagues in Burgas

Two international experts on waterbirds conservation and ecology shared experience with their Bulgarian counterparts during a three-day seminar to be held in Burgas on 1 and 2 October 2018.

The meeting in the seaside city was the first of three to be held in three of the key range countries of the Red-breasted goose flyway – Bulgaria, Romania and Kazakhstan. These are also some of the five countries joining efforts to preserve the globally endangered species and to ensure a safe flyway of the Red-breasted Goose in a joint project.

At the meeting in Burgas, Neils Kaintstrup, a lecturer at the University of Aarhus in Denmark and a leading expert on game biology , together with his colleague Dr. Shabolsc Nagy, member of the Specialist Group on Sustainable Waterbird Harvesting of Wetlands International, presented to the Bulgarian participants important aspects of the ecology of migratory waterbirds and basic principles of sustainable use of waterfowl, which can contribute to the conservation of migratory species such as the Red-breasted Goose, but also quarry species as well.

Almost 20 experts from various agencies and organisations – the Ministry of Environment and Water and its territorial offices in Burgas and Varna, the Forestry Executive Agency and representatives of Regional Forest Directorates and experts from the National Union of Hunters and Fishermen in Bulgaria, as well as by nature conservation NGOs.

This first-of-its-kind seminar focuses mainly on decision-makers and experts in the field of hunting, the legislation related to the hunting and nature conservation in Bulgaria, as well as to field enforcement officials.

The two-day training is based on a guidelines document that has been developed by a team of international experts on waterbirds and their sustainable use as a hunting resource. The guidelines have been developed within the framework of the African-Eurasian Water Birds Agreement (AEWA).

Worldwide practice shows that the harvesting of waterfowl in all their regimes and aspects can provide both threats and opportunities for the conservation of these birds. The workshop will demonstrate the principles by which waterfowl managers and harvesters can minimize threats and maximize opportunities. The objective of the training was to give a perspective in the hope that this will inspire countries to develop their policies for sustainable harvest of migratory waterfowl populations.