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Samskip to fund Greenland White-fronted Goose research

4.7.2016

Samskip is reinforcing its commitment to the environment by backing new research into the causes of a 20-year population crash in one of the wild Atlantic's most extraordinary species.

The multimodal transport operator is to become a main sponsor of the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust as it embarks on new research to preserve the Greenland White-fronted Goose in partnership with Scottish Natural Heritage, and the Universities of Aarhus and Exeter. The WWT study looks to understand what is behind a rapid decline in geese numbers first noted in the 1990s.

Discovered 60 years ago by WWT founder, Sir Peter Scott, the Greenland White-fronted Goose is an endangered species. Birds nest in West Greenland beside the ice cap, winter in the Celtic Fringe of the British Isles, and stop off for a month in spring and autumn in Iceland.

“The White-fronted Goose exists in isolation from other goose populations, but this does not protect it from the modern world,” says Eva Rademaker-de Leeuw, Samskip Manager Marketing and Communication. “Samskip's business ethos is to offer intermodal products and services as a viable and environmentally sustainable alternative to road transport; we are proud to be associated with a project so closely aligned with our ‘building a better future' sponsoring policy.”

Greenland White-fronted Goose offspring can remain with their parents for up to nine years – well into middle-age – and sharp falls have been recorded in the number of offspring being returned British and Irish wintering sites. Specific causes are not known, but milder summers in Greenland leading to higher spring snowfall in breeding grounds have coincided with the population decline.

The new study will see birds tagged with neck collars to monitor survival and breeding success among different Scottish wintering flocks, with some fitted with GPS devices to track movements throughout the annual cycle.

“Today, Samskip is a pan-European multimodal operation headquartered in Rotterdam, but this scheme also appeals to our roots in Iceland, where we continue to play a pivotal role as a provider of sustainable freight transportation services,” said Rademaker-de Leeuw.

To find out more about the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust's Greenland White-fronted Goose conservation work, click HERE

To find out more about Samskip's pan-European multimodal operation click HERE


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