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  1. Update on Bird issues: Management Plans (1) 15 October 2009 • European Management Plansfor Annex II species (“huntable species”) considered to be in unfavourable conservation status (22 species in 1996) • Non-binding documents. Tools to fulfil MS’s obligations under the Birds Directive • 7 existing MPs: Pintail (Anas acuta), Red-Crested pochard (Netta rufina), Skylark (Alauda arvensis), Velvet Scoter (Melanitta fusca), Tutle Dove (Streptopelia turtur), Curlew (Numenius arquata), Black-Tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa) • After extensive consultations,6 new MPsfinalised in 2009: Common Quail (Coturnix coturnix), Common Gull (Larus canus), Scaup (Aythia marila), Golden Plover (Pluvialis apricaria), Redshank (Tringa totanus), Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)

  2. Update on Bird issues: Management Plans (2) • MPs identify objectives toimprove the conservation statusand address the mosturgent issues: • Reduction of the causes of mortality (by-catch, pollution…) • Improvement of the productivity • Protection of the habitats • Measures regarding hunting • Need to assess the sustainability of hunting, especially for the Lapwing (bag statistics) • Need to take measures at national level to implement MPs • Need to communicate atnational/local levelto the concerned actors (farmers, hunters…)

  3. Update on Bird issues: Species Action Plans (1) • Species Action Plansforglobally threatened speciesthat regularly occur in the EU (Annex I) • Agreed list of 51 species by the ORNIS Committee. Priority birds for LIFE Nature funding • Non-binding documents. Tools to fulfil MS’s obligations under the Birds Directive • 49 SAPson the website Europa (DG ENV) • 3 new MPs and 3 revised MPs finalised in 2008: European Roller (Corracias garrulus), Dupont’s Lark (Chersophilus duponti), Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus) - Marbled teal (Marmaronetta angustirostris), Aquatic Warbler (Acrocephalus paludicola), Spanish Imperial Eagle (Aquila adalberti) • 3 new MPs and 3 revised MPs under preparation in 2009: Red-Footed Falcon (Falco vespertinus), Red Kite (Milvus milvus) - Semi-collared Flycatcher (Ficedula semitorquata), Azores Bullfinch (Pyrrhula murina), Red-Breasted Goose (Branta ruficollis), Great Bustard (Otis tarda) • New consultation of Member States on6 draft MPssoon

  4. Update on Bird issues: Key Concepts document (1) • Need for aclear interpretationof key concepts ofArt. 7(4) of the Birds Directive(no hunting during the rearing season nor during the various stages of reproduction nor during the return to the rearing grounds) • Key Concepts Document under Art. 7(4):prenuptial migration periods andreproduction periodsof each Annex II species for each MS (version September 2001) • Science-based approach: scientific references, regular updating necessary • Need to complete the document for “new MSs” (EU12) • Document completed/updated (version October 2008) and sent to MSs forconsultation in 2008(BirdLife and FACE in copy) • Data completed/updated with data supported by reliable references • Document soonuploadedon our website

  5. Update on Bird issues: New contract (1) • Ad-hoc meeting in September 2008 with MSs and stakeholders: need toimprove the processregarding MPs, SAPs and update of the Key Concepts Document • Aspects to be improved (especially for “huntable” species): priority setting, peer review, approval process, updating, monitoring, ownership/implementation, co-ordination with other institutions • Need to set up anew process(methodology) involving MSs, experts and stakeholders (BirdLife and Face) • Call for tender.Contract of 20 months. Evaluation of the offers. • Enhance confidence and involvement of all parties

  6. Update on Bird issues: Content of the contract (2) • Propose amethodologyto: • Draw up a list of birds for which Plans should be prepared (conservation priorities) • Collect data for some birds to assess their population status • Produce, approve, monitor and update Plans • Regularly update the Key concepts document • Draw up a firstlist of species • Collect datafor 4 species with identified gaps in their knowledge • Organise aconferencewith MSs, stakeholders, experts to launch the new process