The case-file system, dating back to 1984, is a unique monitoring tool based on complaints for possible breaches of the Convention that can be submitted by NGOs or even private citizens. The complaints so received are processed by the Secretariat, the Bureau and, when particularly relevant, also by the Standing Committee, according to their merits and on the basis of the information submitted. When the Standing Committee or its Bureau considers that further information is needed, they can arrange for on-the-spot visits by independent experts, who report to the Standing Committee.
The case-file system is also unusual as it is not based on any provisions within the Convention, but stems from a decision taken by the Standing Committee itself and has proven to be a very successful problem solving instrument.
Admissibility of complaints related to species listed in Appendix III : the badger (meles meles) as a model - Guidance for complainants - T-PVS/Files(2014)38E
Register of Bern Convention Case-Files - T-PVS/Inf(2021)05E
Rules of procedure: Standing Committee, on-the-spot enquiries, mediation - T-PVS/Inf(2013)06E
Reminder on the processing of complaints - T-PVS(2008)07E