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Week on Conservation of Birds
2nd Conference on Illegal killing, trapping and trade of wild birds
4th meeting of the Group of Experts on the Conservation of Birds
29-31 May 2013, Tunis (Tunisia)



Over 360 threatened bird species, including migratory ones, are protected by the Bern Convention.

Already in 1986, even before the adoption of the Bern Convention, the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers (CM) adopted its first Resolution to address the situation of “Birds in need of special protection in Europe” [resolution No. (67) 24], recommending member States to, inter alia, to “reinforce legal and administrative measures at present in force with a view to ensuring greater protection for avifauna and for its habitat”. Another CM resolution [No. (73) 31] and a CM recommendation [No. (82) 10] followed, before the Standing Committee set up the Group of Experts on the Conservation of Birds, in 1996, with the aim of encouraging contracting Parties to adopt and implement National Action Plans aimed at protecting the most threatened bird species, to revise problems on bird conservation in Europe and to suggest appropriate action.

Since then, the Group monitors the compliance of Parties with the relevant Standing Committee’s recommendations, and informs the Committee on the progress in the implementation of over 50 action plans so far adopted, while identifying other species requiring specific action plans and proposing measures that may be appropriate for the conservation of threatened birds.

A recurring issue on the agenda of both the Committee and the Group is still the illegal killing, trapping and trade of wild birds, for which the Committee already adopted four recommendations. In 2011, the 1st Conference on Illegal killing of birds (Larnaca, Cyprus) marked a radical change in tackling this issue, by launching a long-term process aimed at enhancing national and international cooperation and coordination in this field, fostering adequate enforcement of existing legislation, sharing good practices and setting the basis for an appropriate monitoring process.

This year, the 2nd Conference on Illegal killing, trapping and trade of wild birds and the 4th meeting of the Group of Experts on the conservation of birds will take place back-to-back in Tunis, Tunisia, with a view to assessing the major issues at stake and suggesting concrete measures aimed at halting illegal practices and ensuring adequate conservation measures. The Week on the conservation of birds is a Council of Europe contribution to the achievement of the CBD Aichi Target 12.



Meetings' report
Reports of the meetings - T-PVS(2013)06


Meetings' information
Registration form 

Practical information

2nd Conference on illegal killing, trapping and trade of wild birds


Draft agenda

Working documents
CMS Statement to the Conference on illegal killing, trapping and trade of wild birds

Background note - T-PVS/Inf(2013)10E

Questionnaire for the reporting of Parties on illegal killing of birds - T-PVS/Inf(2012)21

Assessment of the compliance by Parties with Recommendation No. 155 (2011) - T-PVS/Inf(2013)13E

Observer organisations' report on the implementation of the action points of Recommendation No. 155 (2011) - T-PVS/Inf(2013)18E


Recommendations
Recommendation No. 155 (2011) on the illegal killing, trapping and trade of wild birds

Recommendation No. 90 (2001) on the catching, killing or trading of protected birds in Cyprus

Recommendation No. 5 (1986) on the prosecution of persons illegally catching, killing or trading in protected birds

Recommendation No. 128 (2007) on the European Charter on Hunting and Biodiversity


Information documents
1st Conference on the Illegal Killing of Birds: Meeting Report - T-PVS(2011)09E

Larnaca Declaration

European Charter on Hunting and Biodiversity

IUCN- WCC-2012-RES-029-EN: Combating the illegal or unsustainable capture, trade or killing of migratory birds in the Mediterranean

CYPRUS - Bird Trapping on the Sovereign Base Areas, An analysis by Nicholas Crampton + Addendum of 2013

Conserving Earth’s natural biodiversity – ‘for its own intrinsic value’: A Report on the enforcement of bird conservation and hunting legislation in Malta, by Nicholas Crampton

Final Report - Committee Against Bird Slaughter Autumn Bird Protection Camp on Malta and Gozo - Operation “Honey Buzzard“ (14 September - 6 October 2012)

CABS Field Report: Bird Protection Camp Republic of Cyprus (26 September – 12 October 2012)


Other related reports and publications


Review of the illegal killing and trapping of birds in Europe - Report by the BirdLife Partnership - T-PVS/Inf(2011)13E / 25 October 2011

European Conference on Illegal Killing of Birds - Larnaca, Cyprus, 6 - 8 July 2011 - National reports - T-PVS/Inf(2011)11E / 25 October 2011

Human dimensions as a tool for bird conservation - Report 2011 - T-PVS/Inf(2011)12E / 17 June 2011


Working Groups


Working Group 1 on enforcement aspects : a guide to the discussion - T-PVS/Inf(2013)17E

Working Group 1 on enforcement aspects : presentation of the objectives

Working Group 1 on enforcement aspects : results

Working Group 2 on awareness aspects : presentation of the objectives

Working Group 2 on awareness aspects : results

Working Group 3 on biological and institutional aspects : results


Presentations
Strengthening networks and building capacity for migratory bird conservation in the Mediterranean

Sustainable bird hunting tourism - mission impossible? Challenges and opportunities for host countries

Monitoring of bird crime along the Adriatic coast: Changes in legislations and law enforcement

Illegal killing, trapping and trade of wild birds: implementation of the action points of Recommendation No. 155 by the Bern Convention Contracting Parties

Illegal shooting of migratory swans

Illegal killing of raptors in Hungary

State of illegal activities affecting birds in Slovakia

Illegal bird trapping in Cyprus: Progress from Larnaca Conference

Addressing illegal killing, trapping and trade of birds at EU level

National report of Serbia of the implementation of the Recommendation No 155 (2011) on the illegal killing, trapping and trade of wild birds - T-PVS/Inf(2013)07E




4th Meeting of the Group of Experts on the Conservation of Birds


Draft agenda

Working documents
Questionnaire for the reporting of Parties to the Bern Convention on the implementation of the action points listed in the Budapest declaration on bird protection and power lines - T-PVS/Inf(2012)20

Observer organisations' reports' on the implementation of the action points listed in the Budapest Declaration on bird protection and power lines - T-PVS/Inf(2012)16

Assessment of the compliance by Parties with the Budapest declaration - T-PVS/Inf(2013)12E

Questionnaire for the reporting of Parties on illegal killing of birds - T-PVS/Inf(2012)21

Assessment of the compliance by Parties with Recommendation No. 155 (2011) - T-PVS/Inf(2013)13E

Overview of the Species Action Plans endorsed by the Bern Convention and need for update - T-PVS/Inf(2013)14E + annex

Improving the International coordination on Species Recovery Plans - T-PVS/Inf(2013)09E

Windfarms and Birds: An updated analysis of the effects of windfarms on birds, and best practice guidance on integrated planning and impact assessment - T-PVS/Inf(2013)15E

Follow-up to Recommendation No. 149 (2010) on the eradication of the Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) in the Western Palaearctic: national reports - T-PVS/Inf(2013)11E

Sighting of the Ruddy Duck in Cyprus: a short note - T-PVS/Inf(2013)08E


Follow-up to the complaints
File open: Bulgaria - Wind Farms in Balchik and Kaliakra (Via Pontica): Complaint in stand-by: Presumed illegal killing of birds in Malta:
Recommendations
Recommendation No. 155 (2011) on the illegal killing, trapping and trade of wild birds

Recommendation No. 156 (2011) on the implementation of an Action Plan for the conservation of the White-tailed Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) along the Danube

Recommendation No. 149 (2010) on the eradication of the Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) in the Western Palaearctic

Recommendation No. 144 (2009) on the wind park in Smøla (Norway) and other wind farm developments in Norway

Recommendation No. 124 (2007) on progress in the eradication of the Ruddy duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)

Recommendation No. 130 (2007) on the windfarms planned near Balchik and Kaliakra, and other wind farm developments on the Via Pontica route (Bulgaria)

Recommendation No. 121 (2006) on the implementation of six new action plans for most threatened birds in the Convention’s area

Recommendation No. 117 (2005) on the plan to set up a wind farm near the town of Balchik and other wind farm developments, on the Via Pontica route (Bulgaria)

Recommendation No. 113 (2004) on the installation of a new antenna (Pluto II) in the Sovereign Base Area (Akrotiri, Cyprus)

Recommendation No. 112 (2004) on hydroelectric dams at Kárahnjúkar and Nordlingaalda (Iceland)

Recommendation No. 110 (2004) on minimising adverse effects of above-ground electricity transmission facilities (power lines) on birds

Recommendation No. 109 (2004) on minimising adverse effects of wind power generation on wildlife

Recommendation No. 108 (2003) on the proposed construction of the “Via Baltica” (Poland)

Recommendation No. 103 (2003) on five new Action Plans for most threatened birds in the Convention’s area: Falco cherrug; Branta bernicla hrota; Geronticus eremita; Crex crex; Oxyura leucocephala; Aythya nyroca

Recommendation No. 97 (2002) on the conservation of the Bald ibis (Geronticus eremita) and the tourism development project in Tifnit (Souss Massa, Morocco)

Recommendation No. 96 (2002) on conservation of natural habitats and wildlife, specially birds, in afforestation of lowland in Iceland

Recommendation No. 93 (2002) on the further implementation of Action Plans for Globally threatened birds and on other issues of interest for bird conservation in the Convention’s range

Recommendation No. 92 (2002) on sixteen new Action Plans for most threatened birds in the Convention’s area

Recommendation No. 90 (2001) on the catching, killing or trading of protected birds in Cyprus

Recommendation No. 88 (2001) on the implementation of five new Action Plans for globally threatened birds in Europe

Recommendation No. 75 (1999) on the implementation of new action plans for globally threatened birds in Europe

Recommendation No. 62 (1997) on the conservation of regionally threatened birds in the Macaronesian and Mediterranean regions

Recommendation No. 61 (1997) on the conservation of the White-headed Duck (Oxyura leucocephala)

Recommendation No. 60 (1997) on the implementation of the actions plans for globally threatened birds in Europe

Recommendation No. 48 (1996) on the conservation of European globally threatened birds

Recommendation No. 5 (1986) on the prosecution of persons illegally catching, killing or trading in protected birds


Action plans
Action Plan for the Conservation of the White-Tailed Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus Albicilla) along the Danube - T-PVS/Inf(2011)28E / 26 October 2011

Eradication of the Ruddy duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) in the Western Palaearctic: a review of progress and a revised Action Plan, 2011-2015 - T-PVS/Inf(2010)21rev E / 31 January 2011

International single species Action plan for the Conservation of the Northern Bald Ibis (Geronticus eremita) - T-PVS/Inf(2006)13E / 25 October 2005

International single species Action plan for the Conservation of the White-Headed Duck (Oxyura leucocephala) - T-PVS/Inf(2006)14E / 25 October 2006

Action plan for the Conservation of the Bearded vulture (Gypaetus barbatus) - T-PVS(2001)03E / 15 February 2001


CMS/AEWA relevant documents
Power lines and bird safety: Windfarms: Ruddy Duck: SSAPs: Links to the AEWA SSAPs adopted by MOP5, 2012 (only those relevant for the Bern Convention): CMS MoU & Action Plans:
Other related reports and publications
Implementation of Recommendation No. 110/2004 on minimising adverse effects of above-ground electricity transmission facilities (power lines) on birds - Report by the Governments - T-PVS/Files(2011)01E

Follow-up of the implementation of Recommendation No. 110/2004 on minimising adverse effects of above-ground electricity transmission facilities (power lines) on birds - Report by the NGOs - T-PVS/Files(2010)21

Climatic change and the conservation of migratory birds in Europe: identifying effects and conservation priorities - T/PVS/Inf(2008)01rev

Protecting birds from power lines (Nature and environment series No. 140, 2005)

Effects of wind farms on birds (Nature and environment, No. 139, 2004)

Windfarms and Birds: an analysis of the effects of windfarms on birds, and guidance on environmental assessment criteria and site selection issues - T-PVS/Inf(2003)12E / 11 September 2003

 



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