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The Standing Committee meets once a year to monitor the implementation of the Convention. Its meetings are attended by delegations from 51 Contracting Parties, including the European Union, observer States, representatives of governmental and non-governmental organisations, international biodiversity conventions, agreements and programmes, as well as by independent experts. Over 100 participants are expected at this year’s meeting to discuss issues such as as invasive alien species, protected areas, illegal killing of birds, among others. The Committee will also assess the complaints submitted by citizens and NGOs for presumed breaches of the Convention by Contracting Parties.

Last updated on 21/12/2015

Description :

T-PVS = Working documents
T-PVS/Files = Follow-up of Recommendations and Complaints
T-PVS/Inf = Information documents
T-PVS/PA = Protected Areas and Ecological Networks
T-PVS/DE = European Diploma of Protected Areas
Other = Other reports for information only




  • Final report of the 35th Standing Committee meeting - T-PVS(2015)30E


Adopted documents


Agenda Item 1 - Opening of the meeting and adoption of the agenda


Agenda Item 2 - Chairman's report and communications from the delegations and from the Secretariat


Agenda Item 3 - Monitoring of the implementation of the legal aspects of the Convention


Agenda Item 4 - Monitoring of Species and Habitats

Documents for information only

  • National Focal Points for Illegal Killing, Trapping and Trade of Wild Birds - T-PVS(2015)02
  • Analysis of Responses by 12 Countries to Questionnaire on Gravity Factors applicable under the Tunis Action Plan 2013-2020 - T-PVS/Inf(2015)09
  • Ongoing initiatives to tackle illegal killing of birds - T-PVS/Inf(2015)10
  • European Code of Conduct on Recreational Boating and Invasive Alien Species - T-PVS/Inf(2015)19
  • Guidance for governments concerning invasive alien species pathways action plans - T-PVS/Inf(2015)24
  • The small Indian mongoose Herpestes auropunctatus (Hodgson 1836) in the Balkans - T-PVS/Inf(2015)21
  • Climate change and biodiversity conservation: information document - T-PVS/Inf(2015)16

4.1 Conservation of birds

  • Report of the 2nd meeting of the Special Focal Points for illegal killing of birds - T-PVS(2015)04E
  • Compilation of National reports on the questionnaire on the standardisation of Gravity factors - T-PVS/Inf(2015)07A
  • Analysis of the replies of Parties on the list of gravity factors - T-PVS/Inf(2015)09
  • Report of the 5th meeting of the Group of Experts on the conservation of birds - T-PVS(2015)25
  • Draft list of Gravity Factors - T-PVS/Inf(2015)12
  • Sentencing Principles - T-PVS(2015)03
  • Draft Recommendation on gravity factors and sentencing principles - T-PVS(2015)19E
  • Methodology document for the identification of black-spots of illegal killing of birds - T-PVS/Inf(2015)03

4.2 Biodiversity and Climate Change

  • Report of the meeting of the ad hoc Select Group of Experts on Biodiversity and Climate Change - T-PVS(2015)08E
  • Draft work-plan on Climate change and biodiversity - T-PVS/Inf(2015)25E

4.3 Invasive Alien Species

  • Report of the meeting of the Group of Experts on IAS - T-PVS(2015)10E
  • Compilation of National Reports on IAS - T-PVS/Inf(2015)17A
  • Report of the Workshop on the "Feral ungulates and their impact on Island Biodiversity in the Mediterranean and Macaronesian Regions", La Gomera (Spain), 23-24.03.2015 - T-PVS(2015)07E
  • Draft recommendation on the control of feral ungulates in islands of the Mediterranean and Macaronesian Regions - T-PVS(2015)05E
  • Draft European Code of conduct on plantation forestry and invasive alien trees - T-PVS/Inf(2015)01
  • Draft Recommendation on the European Code of conduct on plantation forestry and invasive alien trees - T-PVS(2015)12E
  • The Bern Convention and the EU Regulation 1143/2014 on the Prevention and Management of the Introduction and Spread of Invasive Alien Species - T-PVS/Inf(2015)14
  • Draft recommendation on action to promote and complement the implementation of EU Regulation 1143/2014 on IAS  - T-PVS(2015)11E
  • Draft agenda of the workshop on the eradication of the Ruddy Duck - T-PVS(2015)23

4.4 Conservation of Amphibians and Reptiles

  • Report of the 8th Meeting of the Group of Experts on Amphibians and Reptiles - T-PVS(2015)13E
  • Demography of marine turtles nesting in the Mediterranean Sea - T-PVS/Inf(2015)15
  • Compilation of National Reports on the conservation of Amphibians and Reptiles - T-PVS/Inf(2015)18A
  • Priorities for conservation of amphibians and reptiles in Europe - T-PVS/Inf(2015)20
  • Prevention and control of the Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans (BS) chytrid fungus – Draft recommendation - T-PVS(2015)09E

4.5 Conservation of other threatened Species

  • International Experts Workshop “Conservation of the Leopard in the Caucasus”: Findings and recommendations - T-PVS/Inf(2015)13
  • Report of the Balkan Lynx Symposium - T-PVS/Inf(2015)28E

4.6 Habitats

4.6.1 Protected Areas and Ecological Networks

  • Mid-term review of progress achieved in the implementation of the Emerald Network Calendar (2011-2020) - T-PVS/PA(2015)06E
  • Report of the 7th meeting of the Group of Experts on Protected Areas and Ecological Networks - T-PVS/PA(2015)13E
  • Draft revised Calendar for the implementation of the Emerald Network (2011-2020) - T-PVS/PA(2015)16
  • Draft updated list of officially nominated candidate Emerald sites - T-PVS/PA(2015)14
  • Report on the follow-up of Recommendation No. 25 (1991) on the conservation of natural areas outside protected areas proper - T-PVS/PA(2015)08
  • Draft Recommendation on improving the conservation of nature outside protected areas proper - T-PVS(2015)18E

4.6.2 European Diploma for Protected Areas

  • Report of the meeting of the Group of Specialists on European Diploma for Protected Areas - T-PVS/DE(2015)09E
  • Updated Progress report on the Fulfilment of the Resolution of the Committee of Ministers (2012)19 on the European Diploma to the Poloniny National Park - T-PVS/DE(2015)13
  • Report of the visit of the Independent Expert to Poloniny National Park - T-PVS/DE(2015)14
  • Adopted resolutions concerning the European Diploma for Protected Areas in 2015 - T-PVS/DE(2015)11E
  • Pisa Declaration
  • Draft Recommendation on the Future of the European Diploma for Protected Areas - T-PVS(2015)15E


Agenda Item 5 - Specific sites and populations

Agenda Item 6 - Strategic development of the Convention

  • The Bern Convention and the Aichi Targets: a European contribution to global biodiversity goals (2014 - 2015) - T-PVS/Inf(2015)31
  • Draft Programme of Activities and budget for 2016-2017 - T-PVS(2015)14E


Agenda Item 7 - Election of Chair, Vice-Chair and Bureau Members

  • Rules of Procedure: Standing Commitee, on-the-spot enquiries, mediation - T-PVS/Inf(2013)06


Other documents

  • Migratory Birds Conservation in Cyprus : Cyprus Annual report 2015
  • Other complaint: Increase in the number of sea turtle deaths recorded at Episkopi area under the control of the British Sovereign Base Area Administration (SBAA) (Cyprus) - Communication by the NGO - T-PVS/Files(2015)38



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Agenda Item 4.1

Agenda Item 4.2

Agenda Item 4.3

Agenda Item 4.4

Agenda Item 4.6

Agenda Item 5.1

Agenda Item 5.3

Agenda Item 5.4

Agenda Item 5.5

Strasbourg, France 1-4 December 2015
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