The Bern Convention is a binding international legal instrument in the field of nature conservation, covering most of the natural heritage of the European continent and extending to some States of Africa.
Strasbourg, France 21st March 2017
On 21st March the Bureau of the Standing Committee to the Bern Convention met in Strasbourg for...
Strasbourg, France 8 March 2017
The Group of Specialists on the European Diploma for the Protected Areas held its annual meeting...
Strasbourg, France 15-18 November 2016
On 15-18 November, the Contracting Parties to the Bern Convention gathered in Strasbourg for the...
Over thirty years ago, an innovative legal text was adopted to protect Europe’s wild plants and animals. The Council of Europe’s Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (1979), or Bern Convention, was the first international treaty to protect both species and habitats and to bring countries together to decide how to act on nature conservation.