Culture, Heritage and Diversity

Resources - Conserving European Natural Heritage : the biodiversity challenge 

Video on the occasion of the UN Biodiversity Decade (2011-2020)

‘Emerald Network’: a tool to protect Europe’s biodiversity

Experts’ views on biodiversity challenges - 29/11/2011

Press releases
First ever mediation visit under the Bern Convention to find a compromise between evergy developments and biodiversity conservation : press release - 30 September 2015

Monitoring visit to Patara and Fethiye (Turkey) to check enforcement of conservation measures for the oldest living species on Earth - 20 July 2015

Georgia's Vashlovani Protected Area receives European recognition - 17 June 2015

50 Jahre Europadiplom - 11 June 2015 [German only]

Adoption of the Pisa declaration : press release - 1st June 2015

Communication "21-22 May 2015: 50th Anniversary of the European Diploma for Protected Areas and International Day for Biological Diversity" - 15 May 2015

Snežana Samardžić-Marković, Director General for Democracy, Council of Europe - 50th anniversary of pioneering scheme behind Europe’s only biodiversity treaty - 27 April 2015

Eladio Fernández-Galiano: “Está justificado tomar medidas drásticas para conservar lo que nos da de comer” - 24 March 2015

Italia top parchi, celebra 50 anni premio europeo - 15 March 2015

European Diploma for Protected Areas: Exceptional monitoring visit to the Bayerischer Wald National Park, Germany - 24-25 February 2015

Wild-bird crimes under the spotlight of Bern Convention’s Experts - 24-25 February 2015

Parties to the Bern Convention adopt a Recommendation to urge Greece to protect prime European sea turtle habitat in Kyparissia Bay – 5 December 2014

Release of the new Emerald Software – 19 September 2014

The Desertas Nature Reserve (Portugal) was awarded the European Diploma of Protected Areas - 2 July 2014

Progress towards the achievement of Aichi target 12 – June 2014

22 May 2014: International Biodiversity Day : communication of the Bern Convention

3 March 2014: World Wildlife Day

29-30 May 2013: Second Conference on the Illegal Killing, Trapping and Trade of Wild Birds, Tunis

The Bern Convention joins the Friends of Target 12 Initiative – 28 May 2013

22 May 2013: International Day for Biological Diversity – “Water and biodiversity”

Belarus becomes the 51st Contracting Party to the Bern Convention – 19 February 2013

Brochures and Fact Sheets
The Emerald Network : A tool for the protection of European natural habitats

Pan-European Ecological Network: Delivering benefits beyond biodiversity conservation

Environment and the European Convention on Human Rights

Questions and answers on the Bern Convention

Information note : the Bern Convention, a priority biodivesity treaty

Factsheet "Bern Convention" English | French | German | Italian | Russian

Leaflet on the Emerald network EU/CoE Joint Project: English | FrenchGeorgian | Russian | Armenian

European Diploma for Protected Areas

Documents in Polish
Text of the Bern Convention

The Bern Convention web pages

European Strategy for the Plant Conservation (jointly prepared document by the Council of Europe and Planta Europa)

Invasiveness of biofuel crops and potential harm to natural habitats and native species report

The impacts of climate change on plant species in Europe

* Unofficial translation kindly provided by General Directorate for Environmental Protection, Department of Nature Conservation, Poland

Documents in Russian
European Code of Conduct for botanic gardens on Invasive Alien Species

Useful links