AEWA Lesser Flamingo International Working Group
Terms of Reference
· To improve the conservation status of the Lesser Flamingo from a “Near Threatened” species to a species of “Least Concern” category on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals globally and in each of its four regional populations – South Asia, East Africa, Southern Africa and West Africa - by stablising the size and distribution of the regional populations at current levels by 2020.
The role of the AEWA Lesser Flamingo International Working Group will be to:
1) coordinate and catalyse the implementation of the International Lesser Flamingo Single Species Action Plan (SSAP);
2) stimulate and support Range States in the implementation of the SSAP; and
3) monitor and report on the implementation and the effectiveness of the SSAP.
The AEWA Lesser Flamingo International Working Group will:
The AEWA Lesser Flamingo International Working Group will comprise (1) designated representatives of national state authorities in charge of the implementation of AEWA and (2) representatives of national expert and conservation organisations as invited to the national delegations by the state authorities from all major Range States.
Countries forming the working group: Botswana, Ethiopia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, India, Kenya, Mauritania, Namibia, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda.
The Chair of the AEWA Lesser Flamingo International Working Group may invite and admit international expert and conservation organisations as well as individual experts as observers to the Working Group, as necessary.
A Chairperson of the AEWA Lesser Flamingo International Working Group will be elected amongst its members.
A part-time Coordinator post will be provided by the BirdLife International Africa Partnership Secretariat. The Coordinator will be in charge of the day-to-day operations of the Working Group and shall act in close cooperation with the Chairperson and the AEWA Secretariat.
The designated representatives of national state authorities will act as National Focal Points for the SSAP and will be the main contact persons for the Chairperson and the Coordinator.
The AEWA Lesser Flamingo International Working Group should aim to hold face-to-face meetings once every three years. Other face-to-face meetings may be arranged as circumstances allow (e.g. back-to-back meetings with other international fora). Between meetings, business will be conducted electronically via Working Group’s website and list server.
A thorough report on the implementation of the SSAP will be produced according to a standard format with contributions from all Range States and submitted for inclusion into the general International Review on the Stage of Preparation and Implementation of Single Species Action Plans to the AEWA Meeting of the Parties. Reports shall also be prepared by each Range State to a format agreed by the Working Group and presented at each face-to-face meeting of the Working Group. Other reports will be produced as required by the AEWA Technical Committee or the AEWA Secretariat.
The operations of the AEWA Lesser Flamingo International Working Group, including the coordinator post, are to be financed primarily by its members and, if applicable, by its observers; the AEWA Secretariat cannot commit regular financial support and may only provide such if possible. Funding for SSAP activities of the Working Group or its members is to be sought from various sources.