Bern Convention
Group of Experts on European Island Biological Diversity

Since 2009, the Bern Convention has a working group of experts on biodiversity of European islands. Islands contain a very rich biological diversity developed as a result of their isolation, but that biodiversity is under particular threat because islands generally have a shortness of space and their biodiversity is more affected than in other territories by climate change, habitat destruction by building on the shore line and pollution. Islands are also very vulnerable to invasive alien species (IAS) which is the second cause of loss in species in the world.

The Group of Experts improves networking of conservationists on European Islands, analyses the threats to island biodiversity, fosters conservation work and proposes guidelines for government action aimed to an improved protection of Island biodiversity. It contributes to current work of the Convention on Biological Diversity on islands, integrating the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) and promoting further work on IAS on islands in the seas surrounding Europe: the Baltic, Mediterranean and Black seas and the Arctic and East Atlantic Oceans.

The Group will focus its work in the next years in the elaboration of a Charter on Biodiversity in European Islands, filling the knowledge gaps on threatened island biodiversity and on IAS on islands. It will propose best practices for island biodiversity monitoring and conservation, recommending eradication of some particularly harmful alien species and exploring the conservation potential of small uninhabited islands.

The Group will meet again in 2013.

9-11 June 2011, Corsica (France) - 3rd Meeting of the Group of Experts

26-29 July 2010, Svalbard (Norway) - 2nd Meeting of the Group of Experts

1-3 October 2009, Tenerife (Spain) - 1st Meeting of the Group of Experts


Charter on the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biological Diversity in European Islands - T-PVS/Inf(2011)08

Priorities for Conserving Biodiversity on European Islands - T-PVS/Inf(2011)09

International efforts to conserve biological diversity in islands - T-PVS/Inf(2009)01E

Compilation of National Reports on activities related to Biological Diversity on European Islands - T-PVS/Inf(2009)12E

Toward a European information system on Invasive Alien Species in European islands - T-PVS/Inf(2009)13E


Recommendation No. 153 (2011) on the Charter on the Conservation and Sustainable use of Biological Diversity on European Islands

Recommendation No. 91 (2002) on Invasive Alien Species that threaten biological diversity in Islands and geographically and evolutionary isolated ecosystems

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