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Bern Convention
Group of Experts on Conservation of Birds


In 1995 the Standing Committee to the Bern Convention discussed 23 Action Plans on Globally Threatened Birds in Europe which had been prepared by BirdLife International and Wetlands International. As a result the Standing Committee adopted its Recommendation No. 48 on those Action Plans and decided to set up a Group of experts on conservation of birds to revise problems on bird conservation in Europe and suggest adequate action.

Since then, the Group monitors the compliance of Parties with the relevant Standing Committee’s recommendations No. 48 (1996) and informs the Committee on the progress in the implementation of the 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.

As for all other groups of experts created under the Bern Convention, it is expected to report to the Standing Committee on its work, including possible draft recommendations for examination by the Committee.

The Group held its 4th meeting on 31st May 2013 in Tunisia.

Highlight: Illegal Killing of Birds

List of National Focal Points for Illegal killing, trapping and trade of wild birds

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

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

Meetings of the Group of Experts
Webpage of the 4th meeting on 31st May 2013 in Tunis (Tunisia)
Report of the 4th meeting of the Group of Experts on Conservation of Birds - T-PVS(2013)06E

Report of the 3rd meeting of the Group of Experts on Conservation of Birds - T-PVS(2002)05E

Report of the 2nd meeting of the Group of Experts on Conservation of Birds - T-PVS(99)23E

Report of the 1st meeting of the Group of Experts on Conservation of Birds - T-PVS(97)15E


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


Reports and publications
Report on the implementation of the action points of Recommendation No. 155 (2011) of the Standing Committee on the illegal killing, trapping and trade of wild birds - T-PVS/Inf(2013)13E

Assessment of the compliance by Parties with the Budapest Declaration on Bird Protection and Power Lines - T-PVS/Inf(2013)12E

Wind farms and birds: an updated analysis of the effects of wind farms on birds, and best practice guidance on integrated planning and impact assessment - T-PVS/Inf(2013)15E

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

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)13E

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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