Symposium The Changing World of the Goose
“To give all those interested in the well-being of wild geese a framework within which to understand the changes that goose populations everywhere are undergoing”. (Prof. Dr. R.C. Ydenberg)
Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR)
International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation/
Conseil International de la Chasse et de la Conservation du Gibier.
With its extensive low-lying grasslands and mild winters, The Netherlands is an ideal area for many species of geese, and some two million spend the winter there. Most depart in the spring to northern and eastern breeding areas, but in the last few decades several species have established breeding populations, that have also expanded enormously. This has led to substantial damage to agricultural fields, as well as impacts on nature and recreation areas. Geese at Schiphol International Airport now also pose a hazard to flight safety.
Diverse organizations in The Netherlands with perspectives and purviews ranging from applied problems to basic biology are interested in various aspects of the situation. For example, the Steering Group “Bird Collisions” was created in 2010 under chairmanship of the Ministry of Infrastructure & Environment. Wageningen University and the Royal Dutch Hunting Association (KNJV) established a group led by Prof. Dr. Ronald Ydenberg and Prof. Dr. Herbert Prins to study the migratory and genetics of geese.
A symposium would therefore be timely, and the International Council for Game Conservation (CIC) and Wageningen University (WUR) have undertaken to do so. It will be held in March 2014 on the theme “The changing world of the Goose”. The aim is “To give all those interested in the well-being of wild geese a framework within which to understand the changes that goose populations everywhere are undergoing. Contribution by Dutch and foreign experts with diverse viewpoints will aim to enhance the understanding of just what is happening with goose populations in The Netherlands. Though science-based, the symposium will be suitable for a broad audience, and all are welcome.