The mandate and duties of the International Species Expert Groups working under the AEWA banner are outlined in the generic Terms of Reference adopted by the AEWA Technical Committee at its 11th Meeting in August 2012. These are:
AEWA International Species Expert Group membership consists of (1) representatives of Governmental bodies of all key Range States relevant to the implementation of AEWA, (2) representatives of national expert and conservation organisations from all key Range States, (3) representatives of international organizations, and (4) other experts as required.
The AEWA Eurasian Spoonbill International Expert Group (AEWA ES IEG) was established in 2014 on the basis of the existing Expert Group for the species. The Coordinator of the ESIEG is Jocelyn Champagnon, who is based at the Tour du Valat Research Station in France. The ESIEG has its own Facebook presence.
The AEWA International Single Species Action Plan for the Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia was adopted at the 4th Meeting of the Parties to AEWA (MOP4) in 2008.
The AEWA Bewick’s Swan International Expert Group (AEWA BS IEG) was established in 2014 to guide the implementation of the International Single Species Action Plan for the Conservation of the Northwest European Population of the Bewick‘s Swan Cygnus columbianus bewickii.
The Coordinator of the Bewick’s Swan IEG is Dr. Eileen Rees, who works for the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust and chairs the IUCN Swan Specialist Group. More information can be found on the Wetlands International/IUCN Swan Specialist Group’s website.
The International Single Species Action Plan for the Conservation of the Northwest European Population of the Bewick‘s Swan is available as publication no. 44 in the AEWA Technical Series. The final draft was adopted by the 5th Session of the Meeting of the Parties to AEWA in May 2012.