This February, the Bern Convention registered its 200th case-file. This pioneering system has since 1984 given organisations and private citizens the opportunity to highlight presumed breaches of the Bern Convention, potentially bringing the case to the Standing Committee- a pan-European forum.
The system was and still is considered a valuable tool to enable a constructive discussion between local, national and international stakeholders. The Standing Committee provides a platform for these stakeholders to exchange views and find common solutions, while encouraging holistic and collective recommendations instead of rigid and inflexible sanctions. Furthermore, keeping in mind that natural habitats and species do not tend to respect human-made frontiers, the system is also important as it provides for complex cross-border issues to be addressed and resolved.
To read the full communication from the Chair of the Standing Committee, Jana Durkošová, click here.