IX International Workshop Eurasian Spoonbill international Expert Group

IX International Workshop

Eurasian Spoonbill international Expert Group

Djerba Island, Tunisia, 14 to 18 November 2018


This workshop organized by the AEWA Eurasian Spoonbill International Expert Group (ESIEG) is open to network members and any participant with an interest in wetland conservation and waterbird populations. It will be of relevance to staff from a variety of nature conservation organizations, including scientists, statutory agencies, NGOs, as well as volunteers and students.


The workshop will provide a unique opportunity to exchange and strengthen connectivity between people involved in studying and managing wetlands for the conservation of Eurasian spoonbill and associated waterbird populations. The aim is to share information in a friendly atmosphere and build practical know-how about drivers of population regulation and ways to improve management effectiveness in habitat restoration.

In particular, the interest of the group is to strengthen the network with North African, Eastern Mediterranean and Asian countries. We expect the same success as the previous workshop when 35 researchers and managers from 17 countries attended the workshop in Tour du Valat, Southern France in 2015.


Preliminary program

Provisional agenda items for 9th workshop will focus on how to obtain more knowledge about the status of the subspecies archeri resident to Red sea and balsaci resident from Mauritania; evaluation of flyway delineations in East Europe and Asia; renewal or extension of the 2008 international action plan ; and sharing knowledge acquired from new GPS loggers deployed to spoonbills. The workshop will be divided into 4 sessions:

Session 1: Migratory connectivity
Eurasian spoonbills in Africa, Asia and Europe, networking and state of art of populations throughout the species’ distribution range at the migratory global level.
Session 2: Tracking spoonbills
Recent technological advances and colour marking studies are increasingly used allowing exploration of the drivers of variation in individual movement, migration and settlement decisions and their consequences at population level.
Session 3: Ecology and behaviour of spoonbills
What we know about ecological and evolutionary processes.
Session 4: Conserving wetlands and spoonbills, AEWA International Action Plan
Wetland management and restoration, communication, awareness raising and public support.

Abstracts for oral and poster presentations should be submitted online (left panel)


Plenary talk

Prof. Theunis Piersma, Dutch professor at the University of Groningen (https://teampiersma.org/), will present a plenary talk untitled:

“Underpinning the conservation of spoonbills and other migrating waterbirds: monitoring the weak links in ‘chains’ of wetland habitats”


Registration and fees

The registration deadline is now 15 August 2018.

The organization committee provides a unique package that includes registration fees, accommodation and food.

The registration fees for the Workshop includes:

  • admission to oral and poster sessions,
  • workshop material,
  • the official reception and coffee-breaks,
  • lunch (3 days),
  • a whole-day fieldtrip
  • the ‘Spoonbiller party’.

Note: if you do not take the package; breakfast, dinner and accommodation are not included in registration fees (please see below).

Package includes accommodation in a Hotel (https://www.vinccihoteles.com/eng/Hotels/Tunisia/Djerba/Vincci-Djerba-Resort) for the whole workshop (four nights), including food (breakfast and dinner).

The package costs 260€ per person for a shared room and 320€ per person for a single room. Students with official documents can benefit for a 35€ discount. Package should be booked through the website.

Payment should be adressed at the time of the registration (before 15 August) through bank transfer.

Association « Les Amis des Oiseaux » (AAO)
Name of bank: Banque Internationale Arabe de Tunisie (BIAT)
Address of bank: Agence LE FORUM, 2080 Ariana, Tunisie
Bank account number (IBAN): TN59 0810 6000 7620 0936 3157
Swift code: BIATTNTT

A copy of bank transfer should be adressed by email to the workshop technical secretary secretariat@aao-birdlife.tn.

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