Nature and environment
The Bern Convention: 25 years protecting Europe’s wildlife and natural habitats
Strasbourg, France– 30 November 2004
Programme (Pdf)
Walter Schmied: ''The Bern Convention was the inspiration for global efforts to protect biodiversity''

Philippe Roch: ''From wolves to invertebrates, the Bern Convention protects thousands of animal species right across Europe''
Text of the Bern convention
The convention in brief

Special issue of ''Naturopa Magazine'', on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Bern convention
Naturopa 101 (Pdf)

A commemorative meeting was held at the Council of Europe on 30 November to mark the 25 th anniversary of the “Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats”, also known as the Bern Convention.

The meeting aimed to assess the main achievements of the convention, which is considered to be a key instrument for the preservation of biodiversity in Europe and beyond. Participants discussed future challenges, as well as a draft declaration on the role of the Bern Convention in the preservation of biodiversity.

Forty-five countries - including both members and non-members of the Council of Europe - are now party to the convention, which was adopted in September 1979 in Bern , Switzerland.

As a legal instrument for co-ordinating action at the European level, the convention has succeeded in introducing many common standards for the protection of natural environments over the last 25 years, particularly with regard to endangered and vulnerable species and habitats (including the strict protection of 600 species of flora, and concerning the fauna more than 111 species of mammals, 363 species of birds, 84 species of reptiles, 46 species of amphibians, 9 species of fish and 102 species of invertebrates).

Council of Europe Secretary General Terry Davis and Jean-Laurent Vonau, Vice-président du Conseil Général du Bas-Rhin - representing the Mayor of Strasbourg, the Chairman of the Communauté Urbaine de Strasbourg, and the Chairman of the Conseil Général du Bas-Rhin - planted two wild cherry trees at 2 pm on 30 November in the garden in front of the Council's “Restaurant Bleu”.

As a part of the celebrations, extracts from the television series “ Les ailes de la nature” which accompanies the film “Winged Migration” was shown at the Council of Europe at 5 pm on the same day, in the presence of its director, Jacques Perrin.
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