Back 40th meeting of the Standing Committee

(virtual meeting) 30 November - 4 December 2020
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Last updated on 12/03/2021


T-PVS = Working documents
T-PVS/Files = Reports on complaints and follow-up of Recommendations
T-PVS/Inf = Information documents
T-PVS/PA = Protected Areas and Ecological Networks
T-PVS/DE = European Diploma of Protected Areas


Post-meeting documents


List of decisions and adopted texts of 4 December 2020

  • List of decisions and adopted texts - T-PVS(2020)Misc 
  • Recommendation No. 209 (2020) on the eradication of the ruddy duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) in the Western Palaearctic by 2025
  • Revised proposals on financing the implementation of the work programme of the Bern Convention - T-PVS/Inf(2020)03rev
  • Revised mandate of the Bern Convention inter-sessional working group on finances for 2021 - T-PVS/Inf(2020)12
  • Terms of Reference of a Working Group on a Vision for the Bern Convention for the period to 2030 - T-PVS/Inf(2020)08rev



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


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


Agenda Item 3 - Financing and development of the Bern Convention

3.1 Financing of the Bern Convention

  • Proposals on financing the implementation of the work programme of the Bern Convention - T-PVS/Inf(2020)03
  • Explanatory notes to the proposals of setting up a sustainable funding mechanism for the Bern Convention - T-PVS/Inf(2020)04
  • Resolution No. 9 (2019) on the financing of the Bern Convention
  • Voluntary Contributions received in 2020 - T-PVS/Inf(2020)10 updated 17 November


3.2 Vision for the Bern Convention for the post-2020 decade and contribution to the post-2020 global biodiversity framework

  • Draft Terms of Reference of a Working Group on a Vision for the Bern Convention 2021-2030 - T-PVS/Inf(2020)08 updated 9 November


Agenda Item 4 - Monitoring of the implementation of the legal aspects of the Convention

4.1 Biennial reports 2015-2016 and 2017 -2018 concerning exceptions made to Articles 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8 and quadrennial reports 2013 - 2016

4.1.1 State of play of submissions of biennial reports


4.1.2 Biennial reports by Contracting Parties which are EU Member States: rules and instructions 


Agenda Item 5 - Monitoring of Species and Habitats

5.1 Invasive Alien Species (IAS)

5.2 Conservation of birds: eradication of illegal killing, trapping and trade of wild birds

  • Preliminary assessment report of the 2nd Scoreboard reporting - T-PVS(2020)09 uploaded 20 November


5.3 Eradication of the Ruddy Duck

  • Report of the Expert Meeting on the Implementation of the Action Plan for the Eradication of the Ruddy Duck in Europe - T-PVS(2020)02
  • Eradication of the Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) in the Western Palaearctic: a review of progress 2016 – 2020 and a revised Action plan, 2021-2025 - T-PVS/Inf(2020)11 updated 3 December
  • Draft Recommendation on the eradication of the Ruddy Duck - T-PVS(2020)08 uploaded 4 November


5.4 Review of the Plant Conservation Strategy


5.5 Pan-European Action Plan for Sturgeons 


5.6 Action Plan for the Conservation of Marine Turtles

5.7 Conservation of habitats

5.7.1 Emerald Network of Areas of Special Conservation Interest

  • Report of the 11th meeting of the Group of Experts on Protected Areas and Ecological Networks - T-PVS/PA(2020)08
  • Obligations of Bern Convention Parties regarding the conservation of candidate and adopted Emerald Network sites: a legal analysis - T-PVS/PA(2020)07
  • Proposal of a monitoring framework to monitor the implementation of the Emerald Network - T-PVS/PA(2020)2
  • Evaluation of the 2011-2020 Emerald Network workplan and proposal of a post-2020 workplan - T-PVS/PA(2020)04rev updated 4 November
  • Draft list of candidate Emerald Sites - T-PVS/PA(2020)09 uploaded 26 November
  • Draft list of adopted Emerald Sites - T-PVS/PA(2020)10 uploaded 26 November


5.7.2 European Diploma for Protected Areas

  • Report of the meeting of the Group of Specialists on the EDPA - T-PVS/DE(2020)18
  • EDPA: List of renewal resolutions adopted by the Committee of Ministers in 2020 - T-PVS/DE(2020)21
  • List of areas to be visited in 2020 - T-PVS/DE(2020)19
  • Renewal of the European Diploma in 2022: List of areas which could be visited in 2021 - T-PVS/DE(2020)20


5.8 Reporting under Resolution No. 8 (2012) on the conservation status of species and habitats

  • Reporting under Resolution No. 8 (2012) - period 2013-2018 - Final report - T-PVS/PA(2020)03


Agenda Item 6 - Specific sites and populations


6.1 Files opened

  • 2013/1 - North Macedonia: Hydro power development within the territory of the Mavrovo National Park
  • 2016/4 - Montenegro: Development of a commercial project in Skadar Lake National Park and candidate Emerald site


6.2 Possible Files

  • 2001/4 - Bulgaria: Motorway through the Kresna Gorge


6.3 Complaints on stand-by

  • 2017/6: Iceland: Possible negative impact on Breiðafjörður Nature Reserve’s authentic birch woods from new road infrastructure
  • 2018/1: Ukraine: Presumed threat to Emerald site “Polonina Borzhava” (UA0000263) from wind energy development (taking into account the “Other Complaints” concerning Emerald Network sites in Ukraine)


6.4 Follow-up of previous complaints and Recommendations


Agenda Item 7 - International coordination with other MEAs and organisations

Agenda Item 8 - Awareness and visibility

Agenda Item 9 - Revised Programme of Activities and budget for 2021

Agenda Item 10 - States to be invited as observers to the 41st meeting

Agenda Item 11 - Election of Chair, Vice-Chair and Bureau members

  • Rules of Procedure: Standing Committee, on-the-spot enquiries, mediation - T-PVS/Inf(2013)6


Agenda Item 12- Date and place of the 41st meeting

Agenda Item 13- Adoption of the main decisions of the meeting

Agenda Item 14- Other business (items for information only)



Meeting slides

Agenda item 5.2 - IKB

U. Gallo-Orsi

Agenda item 5.4 - Conservation of plants

Planta Europa

Agenda item 5.7.1 - Emerald Network

T. Opdahl

A. Trouwborst

O. Opermanis - Monitoring Framework

M. Roekaerts

O. Opermanis - Calendar evaluation

O. Opermanis - Post-2020 strategic workplan

Agenda item 5.7.2 - EDPA

J. Plesnik

Agenda item 5.8 - Reporting under Resolution No. 8 (2012)

M. Roekaerts

Agenda item 6.1 - Open Case-Files

Akamas Peninsula (Cyprus) - Terra Cypria

Via Pontica (Bulgaria) - Birdlife

Thines Kyparissia (Greece) - MEDASSET

Fethiye and Patara (Turkey) - Government

Fethiye and Patara (Turkey) - MEDASSET

Vjosa River (Albania) - EcoAlbania

Skadar Lake (Montenegro) - GreenHome

Agenda item 6.2 - Possible Case-Files

Kresna Gorge (Bulgaria) - “Save Kresna Gorge”

Laganas Bay (Greece) - MEDASSET

Mersin Anamur (Turkey) - MEDASSET

Agenda item 6.3 - Complaints on Stand-by

Breiðafjörður NR (Iceland) - Icelandic Nature Conservation Association, Birdlife Iceland

Polonina Borzhava + Emerald Network (Ukraine) - Ukrainian Nature Conservation Group

Agenda item 6.4 - Follow-up Recommendations

Doubs River (France/Switzerland) - Pro Natura

Doubs River (France/Switzerland) - Government