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) took 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 brought 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 has provided an update on the work implemented to combat Illegal Killing of Birds (IKB) in the Mediterranean since the last Joint Meeting of the Bern Special Focal Points Network and the CMS MIKT, in 2017.
The meeting aimed 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 discussed addressing IKB 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 considered and prepared contributions in the form of policy messages and documents to the 39th meeting of the Bern Convention Standing Committee and the CMS COP13, which will potentially feed into the post 2020 biodiversity framework.