The main focus of the project was in wintering and staging grounds of the population in south-eastern Europe. The project implemented the recommendations of the International Single Species Action Plan for the species, and it was a direct follow-up project of the previous LIFE project “Conservation of the LWfG on the European migration route” in 2005-2009.
The main objectives of the project were:
- to reduce mortality rates which relate to hunting along the European flyway, considered to date as the most significant threat for the species
- to provide suitable foraging and roosting habitats for the species in wintering and staging grounds
- to increase knowledge and awareness of the species in wintering and staging grounds
- to maximize international co-operation and networking in countries hosting key wintering/staging grounds along the European flyway of the species
In order to succeed in the conservation of the LWfG, efforts require a flyway approach. Thus, the project involved eight partner organisations from four European countries along the flyway. The multi-national and multi-institutional partnership played a key role in the project. The project undertook concrete actions in seven NATURA 2000 sites in Greece, Bulgaria and Hungary.
The LIFE+ Nature Project “Safeguarding the Lesser White-fronted Goose Fennoscandian population in key wintering and staging sites within the European flyway” (LIFE10 NAT/GR/000638) is coordinated by the Hellenic Ornithological Society, from 2011 to 2016, in collaboration with the Forest Research Institute of the National Agricultural Research Foundation - Greece, the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change - Greece, the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB), the Hortobágy National Park Directorate - Hungary, UNEP/ African - Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement Secretariat (AEWA), WWF Finland and the Natural Heritage Services of Metsähallitus - Finland, with the financial support of the European Commission and the co-financing of the Directorate of Nature management (Norway).