Back 41st meeting of the Standing Committee


LAST UPDATED ON 07/12/2021



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 document

List of decisions and adopted texts of 3 December 2021


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


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


Agenda Item 3 - Financing and development of the Bern Convention

3.1 Financing of the Bern Convention


3.2 Vision and Strategic Plan for the Bern Convention for the period to 2030 and contribution to the post-2020 global biodiversity framework


3.3. Rules of Procedure - Possible modifications

  • Proposed amendments to the Rules of Procedure of the Standing Committee - T-PVS/Inf(2021)44
  • Explanatory table of proposed amendments to the Rules of Procedure of the Standing Committee - T-PVS/Inf(2021)38


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

4.1. Biennial reports 2017-2018 and 2019-2020 concerning exceptions made to Articles 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8


Agenda Item 5 - Monitoring of Species and Habitats

5.1. Invasive Alien Species (IAS)

  • Report of Group of Experts meeting on IAS - T-PVS(2021)9
  • 2021 Report on the implementation of the Code of Conduct on Hunting and Invasive Alien Species, FACE - T-PVS/Inf(2021)51
  • Brief summary of foreseen updates to study on alien pathogens and pathogens spread by IAS - T-PVS/Inf(2021)42
  • Position paper on non-native species and climate change - T-PVS/Inf(2021)55 uploaded on 24.11.2021
  • Guidance on e-commerce and IAS - T-PVS/Inf(2021)39 updated on 03.12.2021
  • Draft Recommendation on e-commerce and IAS - T-PVS(2021)11


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

  • Report of joint MIKT meeting - T-PVS(2021)10
  • Updated assessment report of the 2nd Scoreboard reporting - T-PVS(2021)05
  • Proposal for future periodic assessment and frequency and format of future joint meetings - T-PVS/Inf(2021)33
  • Paper on the baseline and methodology for assessing progress toward achieving the Rome Strategic Plan 2020- 2030 - T-PVS/Inf(2021)45
  • Considerations for the way forward on preparing a format and guidance for the development and implementation of national IKB action plans - T-PVS/Inf(2021)25


5.3. Amphibians and Reptiles

  • Report of the Group of Experts meeting on Amphibians and Reptiles - T-PVS(2021)15
  • Compilation of Parties’ replies to the Questionnaire for the reporting by Parties on the implementation of Recommendation No. 176 (2015) - T-PVS/Inf(2021)34


5.4. Guidance tool for the Conservation of Marine Turtles

  • Terms of reference for ad hoc working group for conservation of marine turtles - T-PVS/Inf(2021)40
  • List of members of ad hoc working group for conservation of marine turtles - T-PVS/Inf(2021)16
  • Report of first meeting of the ad hoc working group for conservation of marine turtles - T-PVS(2021)27  uploaded on 19.11.2021
  • Flyer for initiative on conservation of marine turtles - T-PVS/Inf(2021)56


5.5. Pan-European Action Plan for Sturgeons


5.6. Eradication of the Ruddy Duck

  • Recommendation No. 209 (2020) on the eradication of the ruddy duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) in the Western Palaearctic by 2025 
  • Report of the Expert Meeting on the Implementation of the Action Plan for the Eradication of the Ruddy Duck in the Western Palaearctic, 2021-2025 - T-PVS(2021)18
  • Progress report on the implementation of the Action Plan for the Eradication of the Ruddy Duck in the Western Palaearctic, 2021-2025 - T-PVS(2021)16


5.7. Review of the Plant Conservation Strategy


5.8. Conservation of Habitats:

5.8.1. Emerald Network of Areas of Special Conservation Interest

  • Report of the 12th meeting of the Group of Experts on Protected Areas and Ecological Networks - T-PVS/PA(2021)08 updated on 24.11.2021
  • Obligations of Bern Convention Parties regarding the conservation of candidate and adopted Emerald Network sites: a legal analysis - T-PVS/PA(2020)07
  • Emerald Network Barometer
  • Future work on the legal framework of the Emerald Network – possible next steps - T-PVS/PA(2021)01 updated on 29.10.2021
  • Aspects to be considered in the future work on the legal framework of the Emerald Network - T-PVS/PA(2021)09 uploaded on 28.10.2021
  • Draft list of candidate Emerald Network Sites - T-PVS/PA(2021)10  uploaded on 19.11.2021
  • Draft list of adopted Emerald Network Sites - T-PVS/PA(2021)11  uploaded on 19.11.2021


5.8.2. European Diploma for Protected Areas 

  • Report of the meeting of the Group of Specialists on the EDPA - T-PVS/DE(2021)06
  • Resolution on the extension of the European Diploma - CM/ResDip(2021)3 uploaded on 08.11.2021
  • Resolution regarding the renewal of the European Diploma for Protected Areas awarded to the de Oostvaardersplassen Nature Reserve - CM/ResDip(2021)1 uploaded on 08.11.2021
  • Resolution regarding the renewal of the European Diploma for Protected Areas awarded to the Weerribben-Wieden National Park - CM/ResDip(2021)2 uploaded on 08.11.2021
  • Renewal of the European Diploma in 2022: List of areas which could be visited in 2021 - T-PVS/DE(2020)20


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

  • Opinions about the reporting under the Resolution No. 8 (2012): assessment of the past reporting exercise and pointers for the future - T-PVS/PA(2021)04
  • Draft Terms of Reference for the Creation of an Ad hoc Working Group on Reporting - T-PVS/PA(2021)06 updated on 03.12.2021
  • National Summary Dashboards


Agenda Item 6 - Specific sites and populations


6.1. Case-file system reflection and possible improvements


6.2. Files opened


6.3. Possible files


6.4. Complaints on stand-by

  • 2017/06: Iceland: Possible negative impact on Breiðafjörður Nature Reserve’s authentic birch woods from new road infrastructure
  • 2018/01: Ukraine: Presumed threat to Emerald site “Polonina Borzhava” (UA0000263) from wind energy development: OSA
  • 2017/02: North Macedonia: Alleged negative impacts to Lake Ohrid and Galichica National Park candidate Emerald Sites due to infrastructure developments


6.5. 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 - Programme of Activities and Budget for 2022-2023

  • Programme of Activities for 2022-2023 - T-PVS(2021)26  updated on 03.12.2021
  • Draft Calendar of meetings for 2022 - T-PVS/Inf(2021)54  updated on 03.12.2021


Agenda Item 10 - States to be invited as observers to the 42nd meeting

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


Agenda Item 12- Date and place of the 42nd 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 3.1- Financing

Evolvement of VCs

Amendment of the Convention

Agenda Item 5.1- IAS

IAS & Wildlife diseases- R. Scalera

IAS & hunting- FACE

IAS & e-commerce- A. Monaco


Agenda Item 5.2- IKB

Baseline and Methodology- C. Papazoglou

Agenda Item 5.6- Ruddy duck

Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

Agenda Item 5.8.1- Emerald Network

Emerald Network updates

IT tools- M. Roekaerts

Legal framework- A. Trouwborst


Agenda Item 5.9- Reporting under Res.9

National summary dashboards- M. Roekaerts

Reporting Enquiry- O. Opermanis

Agenda Item 6.2- Open Case-Files

Balchik & Kaliakra- BSPB

Mavrovo NP- OSA experts

Mavrovo NP- Ekosvest

Vjosa river- Government

Vjosa river- Ecoalbania

Skadar lake- Citizens Group of Virpazar

Akamas- Government

Akamas- Terra Cypria

Thines Kyparissia- Government

Thines Kyparissia- MEDASSET

Fethiye & Patara- MEDASSET

Zakynthos- Government

Zakynthos- MEDASEET

Agenda Item 6.3- Possible Files

Kresna Gorge- OSA experts

Kresna Gorge- Save Kresna Gorge coalition

Mersin Anamur- MEDASSET

Neretva river- Friends of the Earth

Agenda Item 6.4- Complaints on stand-by

Breiðafjörður NR- Government

Breiðafjörður NR- Icelandic Nature Conservation Society

Polonina Borzhava- OSA experts

Polonina Borzhava- Government

Ohrid/Galichica- Front 21/42

Agenda Item 6.5- Follow-up to recommendations

Kazanli beach- MEDASSET

Iceland forestry- Government

Iceland forestry- Birdlife Iceland

Agenda Item 9- Programme of activities

Biennial StC

Pandemic lessons learned


(Online meeting) 29 November - 3 December 2021
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