The workshop from 30 March - 1 April 2009 to revise the
AEWA Sociable Lapwing Single Species Action Plan was also
the closing event for the 3-year research project led by
the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and
funded by the UK’s Darwin Initiative.
Governmental and NGO representatives of five of the seven
range states - Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkey, Sudan and India
Introductory presentations were followed by several sessions
of threat analysis and objective setting. On the last day
participants worked out the activities of the action plan
from their national perspectives. The current action plan
is under the auspices of AEWA, but the new plan will also
extend eastwards to cover the eastern path of birds wintering
The workshop concluded with a presentation of the two-year
follow up project, again funded by the Darwin Initiative,
to identify the key stopover and wintering sites of the
species. The outputs from the workshop will be used to draft
a revised AEWA/CMS Sociable Lapwing Action Plan.
The workshop was conceived by the RSPB, BirdLife in Kazakhstan
and the AEWA Secretariat. Sponsors of the event were Swarovski
Optics, which donated scopes and binoculars, the Darwin
Initiative and an anonymous donor.