Numerous expert groups are established under various global or regional conventions, agreements and other collaborations to coordinate work on species of conservation concern or other specific issues. Not all of these are affiliated with the DSG, but they are listed here in order to provide a comprehensive list of such groups. Other more generic groups, whose focus includes ducks but is not exclusive to them, are not listed.
AEWMP Marine Waterbird Working Group
The Marine Waterbird Working Group of the African-Eurasian Waterbird Monitoring Partnership works to develop and coordinate population-wide monitoring of seaducks and other waterbirds wintering at sea, including divers and grebes, in order to underpin the International Waterbird Census and species focused conservation efforts. Find out more about the MWWG, and access relevant resources and information.
AEWA European Seaduck International Working Group
AEWA are in the process of establishing an International Working Group to oversee the implementation of Actions Plans for two threatened seaducks – the Long-tailed Duck (adopted in 2015) and Velvet Scoter (in preparation). Further details will be available in due course.
EAAFP Baer’s Pochard Task Force
The East Asian – Australasian Flyway Partnership’s Baer’s Pochard Task Force is working to implement the Action Plan for this Critically Endangered species. Further information about the BPTF can be found here.
EAAFP Scaly-sided Merganser Task Force
The East Asian – Australasian Flyway Partnership’s Scaly-sided Merganser Task Force is working to implement the Action Plan for this Endangered species. Further information about the SSMTF can be found here.
Sea Duck Joint Venture
The North American Sea Duck Joint Venture promotes the conservation of all North American sea ducks by providing greater knowledge and understanding for effective management.
Black Duck Joint Venture
The Black Duck Joint Venture is a North American Waterfowl Management Plan Conservation Partnership focused on restoring the population to 640,000 breeding birds through a coordinated monitoring, research, and communications programme.
Pintail Action Group
The Pintail Action Group oversees research and management of North American populations of Northern Pintail. They produce occasional newsletters and those for 2010, 2012 and 2015 can be downloaded here.
Nordic Waterbirds and Climate Network
NOWAC is an established network linking research groups in the Nordic countries and elsewhere to synergise current research on waterbird ecology and the effects of climate change. Further details of NOWAC achievements can be found here.