Standing Committee of the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (Bern Convention)

The Standing Committee is the governing body of the Bern Convention (Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats, 1979). It includes all contracting parties as well as observer states and organisations, both governmental and non-governmental, at the national and international level.

According to its Rules of Procedure adopted in 1999, and amended in 2009, the Standing Committee monitors the implementation of the Convention and provides guidance on its implementation and further development. It adopts recommendations and resolutions on measures that need to be taken to achieve the Convention’s objectives and improve its effectiveness. It also takes decisions on complaints and case files regarding possible breaches of the Bern Convention.

The Standing Committee has set up several groups of experts under the Convention to address specific threats and conservation requirements of different species and habitats:

The Standing Committee meets annually in Strasbourg and is currently chaired by Jón Gunnar Ottoson, Director General of Iceland’s Institute of Natural History. The Committee’s Secretary is Carolina Lasén Díaz.

Annual meeting of the Standing Committee