The Bureau of the Standing
of the Standing Committee takes administrative and organisational
decisions in between meetings of the Standing Committee. It
includes the Chair of the Standing Committee, the Vice-chair,
the previous Chair, and two additional Bureau members, and is
assisted by the Secretariat. The reports of Bureau meetings
are made available to Parties and observers.
8 April 2013,
17 September 2013, Strasbourg (France)
Groups of Experts
Committee has set up several Groups of Experts under the Convention
to address the specific threats and conservation requirements
of different species. There are Group of Experts on the Conservation
of Amphibian and Reptiles; Birds; Invertebrates and Plants.
Other Groups of Experts look into the management of invasive
alien species, the setting up of the Emerald Network or the
impacts of climate change on biodiversity.
Groups of Experts
of the Bern Convention is provided by the Council of Europe.
It provides administrative and other services that may be required
by the Standing Committee. The Secretariat is also responsible
for convening meetings and preparing and circulating all documents
and reports that need to be examined by the Standing Committee
and its Bureau, as well as by the Groups of Experts and ad hoc
working groups set up under the Convention.
In the context of the “specific sites” case-files, the Secretariat
registers all the complaints and claims submitted by NGOs or
individuals. It then provides the liaison with the Bureau of
the Standing Committee so that a decision can be taken on whether
a case-file should be opened or not. Once the case-file has
been opened, the Secretariat also provides monitoring continuity
by requesting information and regular reports and maintaining
ongoing contact with the parties concerned.