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Quality of Assessments and Experience and Skills of Experts

IWG was established at 7th MoP to develop criteria of the required standard experience and skills of experts assessing the impact of projects, plans and programmes on populations of European Bats.

In the first meeting of the newly established working group the aims and goals were identified according to Res 7.14, which instructs the AC “to develop criteria of the required standard experience and skills of experts assessing the impact of projects, plans and programmes on populations of European Bats”. The IWG aims to identify such criteria and propose them for a further Resolution to be adopted at the next MoP. Two main actions were decided upon:

1. To develop a questionnaire to be submitted to the Parties in order to gather information on the existence of legal obligations, licensing system/procedure and standards of qualification, required skills, and/or experience, regarding the following areas:

- Conducting bat surveys including acoustic methods;

- Assessments of impacts on bats;

- Post-construction bat monitoring.

2. By the end of May 2015 to propose criteria to identify appropriate skills, experience and knowledge in order to set (minimum) standards for bat workers involved in the above mentioned processes. 

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