42nd Standing Committee meeting

Strasbourg (hybrid meeting) 28 November - 2 December
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Photo credit: Ellen Wuibaux

Photo credit: Ellen Wuibaux

The Bern Convention held its 42nd Standing Committee meeting from 28th November to 2nd December 2022 in Strasbourg with a hybrid setting.

Contracting Parties, observers, NGO representatives and experts discussed the outcomes of activities implemented throughout 2022, and activities planned for next year.

Activities undertaken during the year included progress in the fields of invasive alien species, combating illegal killing of birds, conservation of marine turtles, ruddy duck eradication, sturgeon action plan, and biodiversity and climate change.

Not to mention the progress achieved in actions related to the Emerald Network of Areas of Special Conservation Interest, and ongoing business of the European Diploma for Protected Areas.

The Committee also importantly discussed strategic developments of the Convention including in relation to a possible new financial mechanism and a draft strategic plan.

The Standing Committee was also the occasion to assess progress on case-files linked to complaints submitted by citizens and NGOs for alleged breaches of the Convention; notably on three on-the-spot/ online appraisal missions carried out this year.

The webpage of the meeting including all working documents can be accessed here.