The Asian Songbird Trade Specialist Group has five main identified thematic sub-groups.
Field research is required to further identify and map taxon distributions, population sizes, and trends to better understand the impact of trade on wild populations and to guide actions like revising protected species lists and protecting important sites for priority species. This group is led by Stuart Marsden.
Genetic research is needed to reliably identify taxa that require attention, guide breeding programmes, and identify genetically distinct lineages deserving of protection as separate conservation units. This group is led by Frank Rheindt.
CONSERVATION BREEDING AND REINTRODUCTION
Management of ex-situ conservation breeding programmes for selected priority taxa involves coordination within existing species programmes and the development of new programmes, and disease management protocols to ensure the health of assurance populations. Reintroduction programmes are developed as appropriate. This group is led by Luis Neves and Andrew Owen.
TRADE AND LEGISLATION
Legal protection for many priority species is inadequate, while where legal protection exists, enforcement of laws is often lacking. Identified areas of work include trade monitoring, maximising the use of existing trade knowledge for priority taxa to push for adequate protection, increasing effective regulation and enforcement along the trade chain. This group is led by Chris R. Shepherd.
EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
A strong understanding of the social, cultural and economic aspects of the songbird trade is essential for targeted actions to educate and change the behaviour of communities and actors involved in the trade. Approaches include building links with bird-keeping societies and other influential entities in the trade to foster more sustainable practices, and engaging with communities heavily implicated in unsustainable wild bird harvesting to support feasible livelihood activities. This group is led by Anuj Jain and Novia Sagita.