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.
10 Feb 2021 11:46:00(virtual meeting) 24th February 2021
The Group of Specialists on the European Diploma for Protected Areas held its annual meeting on...
22 Feb 2021 12:38:0022 February 2021
This February, the Bern Convention registered its 200th case-file. This pioneering system has...
30 Oct 2020 18:04:0030 November - 4 December
For the first time ever the Bern Convention held its landmark 40th Standing Committee online,...
Over forty 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.
The Bern Convention turned 40 on 19th September 2019, and to mark the occasion, a special website was made in which 40 stories depicting the work of the Convention through colourful images and narratives are displayed. You can access the website here.