Back 42nd meeting of the Standing Committee

Strasbourg (hybrid) 28 November - 2 December 2022
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LAST UPDATED ON 06/12/2022



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

Post-meeting document

List of decisions and adopted texts of 2 December 2022



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


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


Agenda Item 3 - Modalities of participation of Belarus in the work of the Standing Committee

  • Committee of Ministers’ decisions of 5 October 2022 on the modalities for the participation of Belarus in open conventions - CM/Del/Dec(2022)1445/10.4


Agenda Item 4 - Financing and strategic development of the Bern Convention

4.1 Financing of the Bern Convention

  • Committee of Ministers’ decision of 15 June 2022 to establish a Fund - CM/Del/Dec(2022)1437/9.2
  • Committee of Ministers’ decision of 19 October 2022 to draft an amending protocol - CM/Del/Dec(2022)1446/9.1
  • Resolution No. 9 (2019) on the financing of the Bern Convention
  • Voluntary Contributions received for 2022 - T-PVS/Inf(2022)13 updated 01.12.22
  • Reports of 5th & 6th meetings of the Intersessional Working Group on Finances - T-PVS(2022)01 and T-PVS(2022)27 uploaded 04.11.22
  • Proposal for Article 14 bis amending the Bern Convention and its draft Annex - T-PVS(2022)02
  • Establishing a financial mechanism within the Bern Convention - Explicative note - T-PVS/Inf(2022)05
  • Advantages and disadvantages and consequences of possible options - T-PVS/Inf(2022)50
  • Concept note on the creation of a Fund for the Bern Convention - T-PVS/Inf(2022)51
  • Draft Terms of Reference of the ad hoc Drafting Group of an Amending Protocol - T-PVS(2022)28 uploaded 08.11.22


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


4.3. Case-file reflection

  • Case-File Reflection: Draft Guide of Procedures - T-PVS/Inf(2022)27
  • Case-File Reflection: Proposals for increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of the system - T-PVS/Inf(2022)28
  • Case-file system reflection: Secretariat memorandum - T-PVS/Inf(2021)30


4.4. Rules of Procedure - Possible modifications

  • Proposed amendments to the Rules of Procedure of the Standing Committee - T-PVS/Inf(2022)29
  • Explanatory table of proposed amendments to the Rules of Procedure of the Standing Committee - T-PVS/Inf(2022)30


Agenda Item 5 - Monitoring of the implementation of the legal aspects of the Convention

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


5.2. Proposal for amendment: Downlisting of the wolf (Canis lupus) from Appendix II to Appendix III of the Convention

  • Pan-European assessment of the conservation status of the wolf - T-PVS/Inf(2022)45


Agenda Item 6 - Monitoring of Species and Habitats

6.1. Conservation of birds: IKB and Group of Experts

  • Meeting report of 4th joint IKB/MIKT meeting - T-PVS(2022)11
  • Instructions for additional narrative text to support Scoreboard submissions - T-PVS/Inf(2022)21rev
  • Legislative Guidance relating to the illegal killing, taking and trade of wild birds - T-PVS/Inf(2022)18_rev2
  • Model law provisions on illegal killing, taking, and trade of wild birds (IKB) - T-PVS/Inf(2022)19_rev3  uploaded 04.11.22
  • Draft Methodology, guidance and common format for conducting socio-economic research into the motivations behind IKB - T-PVS/Inf(2022)20rev
  • Recommendations for the development and implementation of National Action Plans against the Illegal Killing, Trapping and Trade of Birds - T-PVS/Inf(2022)23_rev  uploaded 04.11.22
  • Meeting report of 7th meeting of the GoE on the conservation of birds - T-PVS(2022)12
  • Action Plan for River birds in the five-country Biosphere Reserve “Mura-Drava-Danube” - T-PVS/Inf(2022)31


6.2. Invasive Alien Species (IAS)

  • Guidance on communication and IAS - T-PVS/Inf(2022)35
  • Draft Recommendation on communication and IAS - T-PVS(2022)15
  • Report on alien pathogens and pathogens spread by IAS - T-PVS/Inf(2022)40
  • Analysis of replies to questionnaire on non-EU Contracting Parties legislation on wildlife pathogens - T-PVS/Inf(2022)41
  • Draft Recommendation on alien pathogens and pathogens spread by IAS - T-PVS(2022)16
  • Position paper on Invasive Alien Tree Species and Climate Change - T-PVS/Inf(2022)39
  • Draft Recommendation on Invasive Alien Tree Species and Climate Change - T-PVS(2022)17


6.3. Amphibians and Reptiles: Conservation of Marine Turtles

  • Report of 2nd meeting of ad hoc working group for conservation of marine turtles - T-PVS(2022)14
  • Conservation of marine turtle nesting sites: a guidance tool - T-PVS/Inf(2022)42


6.4. Biodiversity and Climate Change

  • Meeting report of the GoE on Biodiversity and Climate Change - T-PVS(2022)13
  • Draft revised Terms of Reference of the Group of Experts on Biodiversity and Climate Change - T-PVS(2022)09


6.5. Pan-European Action Plan for Sturgeons

  • Report of the first meeting of the National Focal Points for the Pan-European Action Plan for Sturgeons - T-PVS(2022)26 uploaded 08.11.22


6.6. Action Plan for the Eradication of the Ruddy Duck

  • Expert Meeting report - T-PVS(2022)18
  • Progress report on the implementation of the Action Plan - T-PVS(2022)24 updated 05.12.22


6.7. Conservation of Large Carnivores

  • CMS draft range-wide strategy on the conservation of the Persian leopard - T-PVS/Inf(2022)54 / UNEP/CMS/CAMI/RS- PL1/Doc.2/Rev.2


6.8. Conservation of Habitats:

6.8.1. Emerald Network of Areas of Special Conservation Interest

  • Meeting report of the Group of Experts on Protected Areas and Ecological Networks - T-PVS/PA(2022)07
  • Draft list of candidate Emerald Network Sites - T-PVS/PA(2022)09  uploaded 22.11.22
  • Draft list of adopted Emerald Network Sites - T-PVS/PA(2022)10  uploaded 22.11.22


6.8.2. European Diploma for Protected Areas 

  • Report of the meeting of the Group of Specialists on the EDPA - T-PVS/DE(2022)12
  • List of the 2022 on-the-spot appraisal visits - T-PVS/DE(2022)01
  • List of areas which could benefit from an on-the-spot appraisal visit in 2023 - T-PVS/DE(2022)13


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


Agenda Item 7 - Specific sites and populations


7.1. Files opened

  • 2004/2: Bulgaria: Wind farms in Balchik and Kaliakra –Via Pontica


7.2. Possible files


7.3. Complaints on stand-by

  • 2017/06: Iceland: Possible negative impact on Breiðafjörður Nature Reserve’s authentic birch woods from new road infrastructure - OSA
    • Terms of Reference of the OSA - T-PVS/Files(2021)02rev
    • Government Report - T-PVS/Files(2022)XX
    • Complainant Report - T-PVS/Files(2022)XX
    • Mission report of the online advisory mission - T-PVS/Files(2022)68
    • Draft Recommendation on the possible negative impact on Breiðafjörður Nature Reserve and its surroundings from new road infrastructure - T-PVS(2022)22


7.4. Follow-up of previous complaints and Recommendations

  • Closed file No. 2011/4: Threat to the Mediterranean monk seal (Monachus monachus) in Türkiye 
  • Recommendation No. 169 (2013) on the Rhone streber (Zingel asper) in the Doubs (France) and in the canton of Jura (Switzerland) in the framework of a case-file on stand-by 2011/5: France / Switzerland

Agenda Item 8 - International coordination with other MEAs and organisations

Agenda Item 9 - Awareness and visibility

Agenda Item 10 - Draft Programme of Activities and Budget for 2023

  • Programme of Activities and budget for 2023 - T-PVS(2022)19  updated 06.12.22
  • Provisional Calendar of meetings for 2023 - T-PVS/Inf(2022)38 updated 06.12.22
  • Reflection on possible biennial Standing Committee meetings - T-PVS/Inf(2022)44


Agenda Item 11 - States to be invited as observers to the 43rd meeting

Agenda Item 12 - Election of Chair, Vice-Chair and Bureau members


Agenda Item 13 - Date and place of the 43rd meeting

Agenda Item 14 - Adoption of the main decisions of the meeting

Agenda Item 15 - Closing of the meeting



Agenda item 4.2 - Strategic Plan

J. Plesnik

Agenda item 5.2 - Wolf appendix

L. Boitani

Agenda item 6.1 - IKB

R. Rybanic

NAP development - CMS

Legislative guidance - CMS

Agenda item 6.2 - IAS

T. Abeli

G. Brundu

R. Scalera

Agenda item 6.6 - Ruddy Duck


Agenda item 7.1 - Open Files

Mavrovo NP - Ekosvest

Ohrid/Galichica - Front 21/42

Vjosa River - L. Georgiadis

Skadar Lake - Greenhome

Thines Kiparissias - MEDASSET

Thines Kiparissias - Greece

Fethiye & Patara - MEDASSET

Zakynthos - MEDASSET

Zakynthos - Greece

Agenda item 7.2 - Possible Files

Kresna Gorge - Save Kresna Gorge

Neretva River - G. Egger

Neretva River - Centre for Environment/Aarhus Centre

Mersin Anamur - MEDASSET

Agenda item 7.3 - Complaints on stand-by

Breidafjordur - R. Mot

Agenda item 7.4 - Follow up Recommendations / closed files

Rhone Streber - Switzerland

Rhone Streber - ProNatura