First discussion of the National Action Plan for the Red-breasted Goose in Romania

The first discussion of the National Action Plan for the Red-breasted Goose in Romania took place on 15 December 2020. Due to the epidemiological situation and restrictions related to COVID in the country, the workshop was organized online, hosted by the Romanian Ministry of Environment and Water, which is associated beneficiary of the LIFE project. The virtual discussion was attended by over 60 participants from all stakeholder governmental and non-governmental institutions in the country. The plan has been drafted by experts from the Romanian Ornithological Society (SOR) in accordance with national and international regulations and relevant documents. The document of over 100 pages presents the distribution of the species in the country, the biology and ecology of the species, the main threats and conservation measures that are envisaged in the next 10 years.

The first draft of the document envisages 44 conservation measures, most of which are aimed at direct conservation of the species, improvement of conservation and hunting legislation, research and monitoring. In addition to these key activities, there are also activities to raise the conservation awareness of the local communities in the most important areas for geese, as well as activities to improve and stimulate the development of birdwatching tourism. The plan will be implemented mainly in the SE Romania where the wintering population of the species is concentrated.

All participants expressed the opinion that the plan is very well prepared and will be an excellent tool for the future conservation of the species in the country, which right now hosts about half of the global Red-breasted Goose population. The plan is expected to be officially adopted in mid 2021.