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The overall aim of the group is collaboration: collating and prioritising the conservation recommendations of the two groups, and developing effective strategies to communicate and implement them.

Since its first meeting, the group has met each year, either in-person or virtually, and usually shortly after the two-week meeting of the Scientific Committee.  This timing ensures the latest research and advice of the Scientific Committee can be considered by the joint group.   

A key output of this working group is the Database of Recommendations.  The database was developed in order to aid collaboration between the two committees but its potential wider benefits were quickly identified.  It now holds recommendations of the Commission and all its sub-groups including legally binding Schedule Amendments, Resolutions and recommendations agreed at sub-group meetings and workshops. 

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