The Bern Convention is a binding international legal instrument in the field of nature conservation, covering most of the natural heritage of the European continent and extending to some States of Africa.
Strasbourg, France 19 September 2019
Today, the Bern Convention turns 40 years old. To celebrate this remarkable date, a new campaign...
Trondheim, Norway 2-4 October 2019
While responses to climate change appear insufficient at the global scale, it is urgent for the...
Strasbourg 9-10 September 2019
The Bureau to the Standing Committee to the Convention will gather in Strasbourg for its second...
Over thirty years ago, an innovative legal text was adopted to protect Europe’s wild plants and animals. The Council of Europe’s Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (1979), or Bern Convention, was the first international treaty to protect both species and habitats and to bring countries together to decide how to act on nature conservation.