Importance, threats and conservation status
Wetlands International, 2002
ISBN 90 5882 009 2
Specialist Groups are networks of expert scientists who provide information and advice in support of Wetlands International's programmes and projects. There are currently 21 Specialist Groups: 15 covering waterbird taxa and 6 thematic groups on wetlands and wetland and waterbird issues. Overall the Specialist Group network involves over 2 000 people. Waterbird Specialist Groups are operated as a 'Waterbird Network' jointly with IUCN - Species Survival Commission and BirdLife International.
Each Specialist Group is led by one or more Co-ordinators, who represent their groups on Wetlands International's Board of Members and who work with Regional Co-ordinators covering particular geographic areas, and Assistant Co-ordinators dealing with particular topics or species.
- provide strategic guidance to Wetlands International's organisational development and priorities, through representation on the Advisory Council, Board of Directors and Regional Councils;
- contribute to the delivery of Wetlands International's information and advice on research, conservation and management of wetlands and wetland species, through accessing expert networks and developing partnerships;
- provide information and technical advice as part of Wetlands International's technical support and input to global conventions (Ramsar, Bonn, Convention on Biological Diversity);
- undertake or lead projects on behalf of Wetlands International;
- represent Wetlands International, as a member of its network, at external fora and to other organisations; and
- promote and publicise the role of Wetlands International in wetlands and waterbirds conservation to the global scientific community.
Many Specialist Groups produce regular Bulletins and newsletters for their members, hold conferences and workshops, and publish proceedings volumes.
For further information contact Wetlands International's Science Coordinator: Doug Taylor, Wetlands International, PO Box 471, 6700 AL, Wageningen, The Netherlands. Tel: +31 317 478854; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The International Wader Study Group (IWSG) is an international association of amateurs and professionals from all parts of the world interested in Charadrii (waders or shorebirds). It is an independent legally constituted body, registered in the Netherlands. A membership-based society, it is funded by annual fees paid by its 620 members. It acts in the capacity of a Wetlands International (and IUCN Species Survival Commission) Specialist Group according to a Memorandum of Agreement. The interests of the group have diversified from its original focus of ringing and migration-related studies to embrace all aspects of wader biology.
The aims of the International Wader Study Group are to:
- maintain contact between both amateurs and professionals studying waders;
- help organise co-operative studies; and
- provide a vehicle for exchange of information on waders and their biology.
The main means of achieving these aims are through:
- holding an annual conference;
- publishing, three times per year, the Wader Study Group Bulletin;
- publishing an occasional series, International Wader Studies, each volume covering a major topic of wader biology and conservation.
For information on membership, contact IWSG's Membership Secretary, Rodney West, c/o National Centre for Ornithology, The Nunnery, Thetford, Norfolk, IP24 2 PU, UK. e-mail: email@example.com
International Wader Studies replaces volumes previously published as Special Issues (formerly titled Supplements) of the Wader Study Group Bulletin. Publication of International Wader Studies is overseen by a General Editor and an Editorial Board composed of the members of the WSG Executive Committee. General Editor: David Stroud. Address for correspondence: c/o UK Joint Nature Conservation Committee, Monkstone House, City Road, Peterborough PE1 1JY, U.K. (telephone: +44 (0) 1733 62626; fax: +44 (0) 1733 555948; e-mail: David.Stroud@jncc.gov.uk).