WCC 2016 Rec 098 - Activity Report

General Information
IUCN Constituent: 
International Association for Falconry and Conservation of Birds of Prey
IUCN Constituent type: 
IUCN Member
Period covered: 
2017
Geographic scope: 
Global
In implementing this Resolution your organization has worked/consulted with...
IUCN Members: 
No other Members are/have been involved
IUCN Commissions: 
No Commissions are/have been involved
IUCN Secretariat: 
No
Implementation
Indicate and briefly describe any actions that have been carried out to implement this Resolution: 
ActionDescriptionStatus
Education/Communication/Raising awarenessIAF co-financed the Sakernet.org, portal to enhance trust between Saker trappers, falconers, conservationists in 4 languages - Arabic, Farsi, Russian and Pashto. There is a separate part on electrocution in all mentioned languagesOn-going
Education/Communication/Raising awarenessIAF has published a booklet on electrocution that specifically promotes the IUCN resolution and CMS Guidelines and is entitled Preventing the Electrocution of Birds of Power Infrastructure, which You can download from our website at http://www.iaf.org/documents/electrocution_booklet3_LR.PDF. It is also attached to the current report. IAF prepared translations the booklet into fifteen languages, covering with this most of the countries in the world, where the electrocution is a problem. Those language version are available on special website http://birdelectrocution.org/ and upon request large ready to print files are available, that can be printed in all those languages by local organisations. The language versions of the booklet are English, Arabic, Russian, Kazakh, Mongol, Mandarin, Farsi, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Hungarian, Bulgarian and Italian. Few more language versions will follow. The special section on Electrocution was set at IAF website, where those language version of the booklet are available. On-going
Education/Communication/Raising awarenessIAF presented the electrocution motion and related data on many conferences, which include: - Birds of Prey of Northern Eurasia, Sochi, Russia, 19-24.09.2016 - International Conference on the Stewardship of Biodiversity and Sustainable Use, Moyvalley, Ireland, 13-20.11.2016, http://www.iaf.org/documents/2016IAFIHCFHTConferenceIreland.pdf - Large falcon conservation workshop, Novi Sad, 15-18. 12.2016 - VII International Scientific and Practical Conference “Conservation of Wildlife Diversity and Russian Hunting Sector”, Moscow, Russia, 14-15.02.2017 - IV Conference Birds of Prey World at Warsaw Agricultural University, Warsaw, Poland, 11.03.2017 - Meeting with European Commission CITES representative, Brussels, Belgium, 21.03.2017 - International Conference on the Conservation of the Saker Falcon, Cholpon Ata, Kyrgystan, 07.09.2017 - The 4th Internationsl Peregrine Falcon Conference, Budapest, Hungary, 27.09-01.10.2017 - The 8th MAVIR Bird Conservation, Conference Budapest, Hungary, 27.11.2017 - The CMS CoP 12 - IAF advert in the Conference magazine "Tracks" and IAF side event on Saker conservation and electrocution, Manila, Philippines, 22-28.10.2017 - ADIHEX 2017 - IAF stand and side events, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 12-16.09.2017 To continue our work IAF plans to join the Energy Task Force of the Convention of Migratory Species. IAF Is also an active member of CMS Raptors MoU (Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia), as well as CMS Saker Task Force. IAF Sponsored Flagship Projects of the Saker Global Action Plan and is actively seeking support for the retrofitting the most dangerous lines in Mongolia. IAF representatives are members of several IUCN Commissions, where we promote the Resolution and its approach to construction of new electricity infrastructure. Those are especially Species Survival Commission, Commission on Ecosystem Management and its SUME Group (Sustainable Use and Management of Ecosystems), Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy and its SULi Group (Specialist Group on Sustainable Use and Livelihoods). IAF is also an active partner of IUCN European Sustainable Use Group (ESUSG). On-going
FundraisingIAF is actively promoting the problem of electrocution in Mongolia and Central Asia. We are discussing possibilities to finance the work on mitigation of poles with different organisations and governmental agencies in Asia. The European Foundation for Falconry and Conservation (EFFC) waa established by the International Association for Falconry and Conservation of Birds of Prey (IAF) to assist in the funding of projects that support the role of falconry in conservation, animal welfare, education and culture. The first project we plan to finance is mitigation of power lines in Morocco. We are also discussing possibilities to finance mitigation of most dangerous lines in Mongolia.On-going
Scientific/technical activitiesIAF was co-financing in 2016 and 2017 a survey of Saker migration, using the satellite tracking. One of the aims of the survey is the long-distance effect of electrocution on migratory birds. In first 2 years of the project some birds were electrocuted, proving that electrocution can influence populations which breeding range is thousand kilometers away.On-going
Please report on the result /achievement of the actions taken: 
The problem of electrocution is not new, we are promoting especially the case of Saker populations in Central Asia. IAF is in contact with European Commission where we ask for incorporating the safe-birds poles issue in European Union development programs.
We are currently discussing possibility to finance work on electric lines in Morocco and Mongolia with few possible donors.
What challenges have you encountered in implementing this Resolution and what measures have you taken to overcome them?: 
It is difficult to get the information about electrocution to decision makers of financial institutions nad other funding organisations.
Identify and briefly describe what future actions are planned for the implementation of this Resolution: 
Future ActionDescription
Education/Communication/Raising awarenessIAF is discussing with various international broadcaster the documentary on e;lectrocution to raise public awareness on the global level and to reach the awareness of the electrocution of opinion leaders, financial and governmental bodies.
Education/Communication/Raising awarenessIAF is planning a joint action with BirdLife International to prepare further material which addresses impacts as well as collisions
Education/Communication/Raising awarenessIAF will promote in 2018 electrocution booklet in 15 languages. We plan a special event and PR activities.
Field activitiesIAF will continue research on Saker migration, with aim of long-distance effects of electrocution.
FundraisingIAF will continue to look for sponsors for the maintaining the dangerous lines in Central Asia and to continue research on Saker migrations, together with its European Foundation for Falconry and Conservation (EFFC)
Policy influencing/advocacyIAF would like to get support from IUCN to promote the problem of changing policy of financing construction of electricity infrastructure using IUCN network and power
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