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Wild-bird crimes under the spotlight of Bern Convention’s Experts

The recently established Network of Special Focal Points (SFP) for Illegal killing of birds will hold its second meeting on 24-25 February 2015 in Madrid, Spain, at the invitation of SEO BirdLife. The Special Focal Points will review the implementation by parties to the Bern Convention of the Tunis Action Plan 2020 and prepare work for 2015. Through dedicated working groups, participants will address issues such as the setting-up of mechanisms for recording wildlife crime cases and statistical evidence, tools for estimating mortality due to illegal activities, and the standardisation of gravity factors for the elaboration of sentencing guidelines. Representatives of Parties (including the EU), NGOs, and prosecutors will attend the meeting which will also count with the participation of the INTERPOL, the CMS, and the CITES Convention. [11/02/2015]

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Special file on Illegal Killing of Birds

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Cultural Peer Review of Serbia

The second expert visit to Serbia will take place on 24-27 February 2015, covering cultural institutions inside and outside the capital. The peer review will offer strategic proposals by national and international experts for modernising Serbia’s cultural governance and specifically, the performing arts sector. [19/02/2015]

Special file on Cultural policy review


European Diploma for Protected Areas: Exceptional monitoring visit to the Bayerischer Wald National Park, Germany

An exceptional on-the-spot monitoring appraisal will take place on 24 and 25 February 2015 to the Bayerischer Wald National Park (Germany), holder of the European Diploma for Protected Areas since 1986. The visit has been decided after an alert received by the Secretariat on plans to construct a large windfarm complex in the immediate vicinity of the park, with possible negative impact on the Park’s outstanding biodiversity. The objective of the visit is to assess the situation and make the necessary recommendations. (more...) [16/02/2015]


Safeguarding Roma children: is it a cultural problem?

On 25 February 2015 the University of Manchester is discussing this highly topical and also controversial issue with local authorities, national level stakeholders and third sector agencies. The event is part of a series of workshops funded by the European Academic Network on Romani Studies joint project. [10/02/2015]



Enhancing Roma Participation in Public Policy in Slovakia, 26-27 February 2015, Bratislava

The workshop organised by the Centre for Research of Ethnicity and Culture (CVEK) aims at bringing together policy makers, pro-Roma activists, and scholars to discuss and fashion viable models of more substantial Roma participation in decision-making processes at local, regional and national governance levels. The event is part of a series of workshops funded by the European Academic Network on Romani Studies joint project. [13/02/2015]


FOCUS: Cultural Heritage

6th Conference of Ministers of Heritage

A Conference of Ministers responsible for Cultural Heritage will be organised in Namur (Belgium) on 23 and 24 April 2015 in the context of the Belgian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. The conference is aimed at defining the conditions for elaborating a European strategy for cultural heritage. This strategy, while confirming the role of heritage as the touchstone of European values, should also project heritage as the means of their transmission and the ideal tool for intercultural and intergenerational dialogue. [23/02/2015]


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