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Best practices in obtaining population estimates and monitoring the breeding colonies of Yelkouan Shearwater
LIFE Arċipelagu Garnija project has used several different methods and technologies to monitor the breeding Yelkouan Shearwater colonies; their extent and population sizes and breeding success. Accordingly, the project had a chance to compare the cost and benefit of different methods for potential future use, which might also apply in other countries to produce comparable results. Recent discussions on the revision of IUCN conservation status of the species highlighted the lack of a common set of monitoring methods used across the Mediterranean and an urgent need to produce reliable and comparable data from representative colonies. At this point, it is important to exchange know-how and expertise on different methods and tools used in monitoring Yelkouan Shearwater colonies and attempt to focus the effort in producing comparable monitoring data from the range of the species.

This workshop will gather scientists, NGO representatives, decision-makers and site managers working on the conservation of the Yelkouan Shearwater together to exchange know-how and initiate the production of a guideline on colony monitoring of the Yelkouan Shearwater. The final output will include methods used in the Mediterranean and a cost-benefit analysis for each method and baseline methods for producing comparable data.
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