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Joint Meeting of the Bern Convention Network of Special Focal Point on Eradication of Illegal Killing, Trapping and Trade in Wild Birds and the UN-Environment/CMS Intergovernmental Task Force on Illegal Killing, Taking and Trade of Migratory Birds in the Mediterranean

Rome, Italy 8-10 May 2019
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The Joint Meeting of the Bern Convention Network of Special Focal Points on Eradication of Illegal Killing, Trapping and Trade in Wild Birds and the CMS Intergovernmental Task Force on Illegal Killing, Taking and Trade of Migratory Birds in the Mediterranean (MIKT) will take place from 8 to 10 May 2019 at the Castelporziano Presidential Reserve in Rome, Italy, thanks to the generous offer from the Italian Government. The Bern Convention and the CMS Secretariats have joined forces to organize this Meeting that will bring together members and observers to MIKT and the Special Focal Points on Eradication of Illegal Killing, Trapping and Trade in Wild Birds, under the Bern Convention. The meeting will provide an update on the work implemented to combat Illegal Killing of Birds (IKB) in the Mediterranean since the last Joint Meeting of the Bern SFPs Network and the CMS MIKT, in 2017.

The meeting will open on Wednesday, 8 May 2019 at 9:00 and will close on Friday, 10 May 2019. On Saturday, 11 May 2019, in celebration of the World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD), participants at the meeting are formally invited to the IKB Open Talks followed by the 7th concert for migratory birds performed by the Bologna Operatic Choir Lirica San Rocco, in downtown Rome. Detailed information on the IKB Open Talks and the 7th WMBD Concert will be provided to participants.

Goals of the Meeting

The meeting aims to assess progress in addressing IKB in the Mediterranean, and to evaluate the first implementation of the Scoreboard to Assess the Progress in Combating Illegal Killing, Taking and Trade of Wild Birds, which took place in 2018. The Joint Meeting will discuss addressing IKB in Europe and the Mediterranean beyond 2020, as both the Tunis Action Plan 2013-2020 (TAP) and the MIKT Programme of Work 2016-2020 (POW) will end in 2020. Furthermore, the meeting will consider and prepare contributions in the form of policy documents to CMS COP13 and the 39th meeting of the Bern Convention Standing Committee, which will potentially feed into the post 2020 biodiversity framework.

Meeting documents can be accessed from here.