1st meeting of the Restricted Group of Experts on Climate Change and Biodiversity

14-15 June 2017 Paris, France

The 1st meeting of the Restricted Group of Experts on Climate Change and Biodiversity under the Bern Convention will take place in Paris 14-15 June. The Group’s mandate is to plan the next reporting round on Parties’ compliance with Bern Convention Recommendations on climate change and...

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12th meeting of the Bern Convention Group of Experts on Invasive Alien Species

1-3 June 2017 Madeira, Portugal

The 12th meeting of the Bern Convention Group of Experts on Invasive Alien Species (IAS) will take place in Funchal (Madeira, Portugal) from 1 to 3 June 2017. This group of experts, created in 1993, has as its mandate to assess the implementation by states of the European Strategy for Invasive...

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1st meeting of the Bureau to the Standing Committee to the Bern Convention

21st March 2017 Strasbourg, France

On 21st March the Bureau of the Standing Committee to the Bern Convention met in Strasbourg for its first annual meeting for 2017. The Bureau followed up on the decisions taken at the 36th Standing Committee meeting in November 2016 and monitored the progress towards the implementation of the...

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Meeting of the Group of Specialists on the European Diploma for Protected Areas

8 March 2017 Strasbourg, France

The Group of Specialists on the European Diploma for the Protected Areas held its annual meeting on 8 March 2017 in Strasbourg. The Group of Specialists monitors the implementation of Committee of Ministers’ conditions and recommendations attached to the diploma awarded areas. The members of the...

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36th Standing Committee meeting

15-18 November 2016 Strasbourg, France

On 15-18 November, the Contracting Parties to the Bern Convention gathered in Strasbourg for the 36th annual meeting of its Standing Committee. Experts and NGO representatives joined national delegates to discuss the outcomes of the Convention activities held in 2016. These dealt in particular...

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Emerald biogeographical Seminar for bird species for Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia

1-2 December 2016 Tbilisi, Georgia

The Bern Convention Secretariat organised the 4th and final Emerald Network Biogeographical evaluation Seminar for 2016 on 1-2 December, in Tbilisi (Georgia). This seminar has also been the last of a series of 6 evaluations which took place in the framework of the EU/CoE Joint Programme "Emerald...

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Final event of the EU/CoE Joint Programme "Emerald Network of nature protection sites, Phase II"

4-5 October 2016 Minsk, Belarus

On 4-5 October in Minsk, the Bern Convention organised a Conference titled “Reaching concerted site conservation at pan-European level: progress, challenges and future of the Emerald Network”. The event, which marked the end of the current EU/CoE Joint Programme “Emerald Network of nature...

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Ad-Hoc Restricted Group of Experts on Reporting on the Emerald Network of Areas of Special Conservation Interest

19 September 2016 Strasbourg, France

On the 19th September, an Ad Hoc Restricted Group of Experts on Reporting on the Emerald Network of Areas of Special Conservation Interest met in Strasbourg. The Group, composed of expert delegates from nine Contracting parties, agreed to establish a deadline for the annual update of the national...

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Bureau meeting

5-6 September 2016 Strasbourg, France

On 5 and 6 September the Bureau of the Convention met in Strasbourg for its second meeting in 2016. The Bureau ensured the follow-up of the decisions taken at last Standing Committee meeting, and monitored the progress towards the implementation of the Programme of Activities. On the agenda, the...

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Emerald Network Biogeographical Seminar for all habitats and species (except birds) for the Republic of Moldova, the Russian Federation and Ukraine

6-8 September 2016 Kyiv, Ukraine

A new Emerald Network evaluation Seminar took place in Kyiv (Ukraine) from 6 to 8 September, bringing together national delegations, NGOs, independent scientific experts as well as representatives of the Council of Europe and the European Union. This evaluation seminar targeted the Steppic region...

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Meeting of a Select Group of Experts on the European Action Plan for the recovery and reintroduction of the Osprey

28 June 2016 Paris, France

The Bern Convention is focusing its attention on the conservation of the Osprey. In a meeting in Paris on 28th June experts finalised a European Action Plan for the species that, it is hoped, will make governments more pro-active in the protection and re-introduction of this formidable bird. The...

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A second Emerald Network evaluation Seminar for Norway

14-15 June 2016 Trondheim, Norway

In June 2013, a First Emerald Network biogeographical evaluation Seminar concluded that Norway has to step-up efforts and designate more sites on its territory for joining the Emerald Network under the Bern Convention, in order to ensure proper conservation of habitats and species of European...

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Group of Experts on Biodiversity and Climate Change

31st May - 1st June 2016 Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Climate change is already affecting biodiversity and conservationists need to adapt their methods to this changing world and environment. If no action is taken, one can expect a massive extinction of wild species within this century. On 31st May and 1st June, a group of government experts met in...

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Emerald Network evaluation seminar

11-13 May 2016 Chisinau, Republic of Moldova

Independent scientific experts, national authorities and NGOs from Belarus, the Republic of Moldova, the Russian Federation and Ukraine met to work towards the setting-up of the Emerald Network - the ecological network of areas of special conservation interest under the Bern Convention. The...

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3rd Meeting of the Special Focal Points for Illegal killing, trapping and trade of wild birds

14-15 April 2016 Tirana, Albania

The Bern Convention Special focal points for Illegal Killing, Trapping and Trade of Wild Birds met in Tirana (Albania) on 14-15 April 2016 to monitor compliance of states with their obligations regarding protected birds species. Millions of birds are killed each year as a consequence, among other...

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Bureau Meeting

22 March 2016 Strasbourg, France

On 22 March the Bureau of the Convention met in Strasbourg for its first meeting in 2016. The Bureau ensured the follow-up of the decisions taken at last Standing Committee meeting, and monitored the progress towards the implementation of the Programme of Activities. On the agenda, the assessment...

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Meeting of the Group of Specialists on the European Diploma for Protected Areas

7 March 2016 Strasbourg, France

The Group of Specialists on the European Diploma for Protected Areas (“EDPA”) met to monitor the implementation of Committee of Ministers’ conditions and recommendations attached to the EDPA-awarded areas. It analysed which areas require particular attention in 2016 and decided on the areas to...

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3rd Steering Committee meeting of the EU/CoE JP Emerald Network Phase II (2013-2016)

14 January 2016 Strasbourg, France

The 3rd Steering Committee meeting of the EU-CoE JP Emerald Network Phase II (2013-2016), targeting Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and the Russian Federation, has been held in Strasbourg on 14 January. The project aims at setting up an ecological network...

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Launch of the promotional video of the Bern Convention

18 December 2015 Strasbourg, France

The Biodiversity Unit (DGII) is delighted to announce the launch of its new promotional video presenting the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (Bern Convention). The video, realised in motion graphics, uses very concise and easy-to-understand language...

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The Standing Committee to the Bern Convention met last week in Strasbourg to assess European progress towards the sustainable use of our common natural heritage

1-4 December 2015 Strasbourg, France

More than 100 participants had registered to attend the meeting of the Standing Committee to the Bern Convention, including delegates of contracting parties, and representatives of observer states and organisations. This year’s meeting addressed – among others - issues related to the prevention,...

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