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Bern Convention
Group of Experts on Biodiversity and Climate change

8th Meeting of the Group of Experts
19 June 2014
Council of Europe, Strasbourg (France)

At its 26th meeting, the Standing Committee of the Bern Convention set up a Group of Experts on Biodiversity and Climate Change to exchange information and review the effects of climate change in the biological diversity covered by the Convention, and to provide guidance to Parties in developing adaptation and management policies. The final aim of the Group was to present to the Standing Committee specific proposals, guidance and/or Recommendations to help Parties address the challenges of climate change in the implementation of the Convention and its objectives. Since its creation, the Group forwarded to the Standing Committee for adoption ten comprehensive draft recommendations, providing guidance on topics such as addressing climate change in mountain regions, in protected areas, in European islands, or addressing topics such as wildland fires, conservation translocations, marine biodiversity. Furthermore, the Group elaborated a number of specialised reports, analysing the impact of climate change on invertebrates, on plants, on amphibian and reptiles, on birds, etc.

In 2012 the Group of Experts carried out for the first time the monitoring of the implementation of the previous recommendations and addressed the remaining challenges through Recommendation No. 159 (2012).

Two years later, the Group is called to decide about its future.


Meeting information
Draft Agenda


Working documents
Terms of Reference of the Group of Experts – T-PVS/Inf(2014)11

Report of the 7th meeting of the Group of Experts - T-PVS(2012)16

32nd Standing Committee meeting report: Extract from the list of decisions and adopted texts – T-PVS/Inf(2014)10

Compilation of National Reports on the implementation of Recommendation No. 159 (2012) – T-PVS/Inf(2014)13

Overview of the results achieved by the Group of Experts since its establishment - T-PVS/Inf(2014)12

Analysis of the implementation of Recommendations made by the Group of Experts on Biodiversity and Climate Change - T-PVS/Inf(2012)11E


Specialised reports
Climate change and effective management of ecological networks: Draft Guidelines for practitioners - T-PVS/PA(2013)07

Climate change: a framework for a global agreement in 2015 – Doc. 13362 Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (and PACE Resolution 1976 (2014))


Adopted recommendations
Recommendation No. 159 (2012) on the effective implementation of guidance for Parties on biodiversity and climate change

Recommendation No. 158 (2012) on Conservation translocations under changing climatic conditions

Recommendation No. 152 (2011) on marine biodiversity and climate change

Recommendation No. 147 (2010) on guidance for Parties on wildland fires, biodiversity and climate change

Recommendation No. 146 (2010) on guidance for Parties on biodiversity and climate change in European islands

Recommendation No. 145 (2010) on guidance for Parties on biodiversity and climate change in mountain regions

Recommendation No. 143 (2009) on further guidance for Parties on biodiversity and climate change

Recommendation No. 142 (2009) on interpreting the CBD definition of invasive alien species to take into account climate change

Recommendation No. 135 (2008) on addressing the impacts of climate change on biodiversity

Recommendation No. 122 (2006) on the conservation of biological diversity in the context of climate change 


Other documents
Declaration from the international NGOs, Members of the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe, to the Warsaw Climate Change Conference

Position paper of the NGOs Conference of the Council of Europe on "Climate Change and Human Rights" (Draft text subject to examination for possible adoption)

Conclusions of the ACCOBAMS expert workshop on the impact of climate change on cetaceans of the Mediterranean and Black Seas

EEA : Climate change, impacts and vulnerability in Europe 2012


Presentations
Introduction, Ms Ivana D'Alessandro, Secretary of the Bern Convention

The EU Adaptation Strategy, ZAUNBERGER Karin, DG ENV

IPCC WGII Report "Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability", Dr. Josef Settele, Coordinating Lead Author of Chapter 4 of the report

CMS Draft Programme of Work on combating the effects of climate change on migratory animals, Mr Colin Galbraith, CMS Scientific Councillor for Climate Change

Reducing the impact of climate change on birds: the contribution of the RSPB, Dr Olly Watts, Senior Climate Change Policy Officer, RSPB

Council of Europe’s Conference of INGOs: the work of the Democracy, Social Cohesion and Global Challenges Committee, Ms Edith Wenger, Chair of the INGO Climate Change working group

Preparing to manage Emerald Network sites in the context of Climate Change, Ms Iva Obretenova, Secretariat of the Bern Convention

Assesment of achievements of the Group of Experts, Ms Ivana D'Alessandro, Secretary of the Bern Convention

Climate change risks and impacts’ assessment in the Emerald Network sites of Armenia, Ms Hasmik Ghalachyan, Head of the Division of Plant Resources Management, Ministry of Nature Protection





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