12th meeting of the Group of Experts on Protected Areas and Ecological Networks

5-6 October 2021 Online meeting

The Group of Experts on Protected Areas and Ecological Networks will hold its 12th meeting on 5-6 October online. The Group will examine the outcomes of the survey carried out among Contracting Parties on the reporting under Resolution No. 8 (2012) on the conservation status of species and...

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10th Meeting of the Group of Experts on the Conservation of Amphibians and Reptiles

28 September 2021 Online Meeting

The 10th meeting of Group of Experts on the Conservation of Amphibians and Reptiles will take place online on the 28th of September. The main objective of the meeting is to review currently implemented national conservation initiatives, the status of species and progress made to prevent and...

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2nd ordinary meeting of the Bureau of the Bern Convention in 2021

15-16 September Online meeting

The Bureau to the Standing Committee of the Bern Convention held its second ordinary meeting of 2021 on 15-16 September by video-conference. The Bureau assessed progress in the implementation of the Convention’s Programme of Activities for 2021 and the state of play of the work and meetings of...

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Call for tenders for consultancy services

“Spread the word!” - The Bern Convention has launched a call for tenders for the provision of consultancy services within the framework of its programmes of activity. The Bern Convention is seeking consultants for the following three areas of work: Contribution to standard setting and cooperation...

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14th Meeting of the Group of Experts on Invasive Alien Species

6 July 2021 virtual meeting

Over the past 26 years, the Council of Europe has been supporting Bern Convention Contracting Parties in designing and implementing control measures for invasive alien species (IAS), with the aim to reduce their negative impact on native biodiversity in Europe. The Group of Experts on Invasive...

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Joint Meeting on Eradication of Illegal Killing, Trapping and Trade in Wild Birds and publication of the Scoreboard

The Joint Meeting of the Bern Convention Network of Special Focal Points on Eradication of Illegal Killing, Trapping and Trade in Wild Birds (IKB) and the CMS Intergovernmental Task Force on Illegal Killing, Taking and Trade of Migratory Birds in the Mediterranean (MIKT) took place virtually from...

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Bern Convention conducts its first ever “virtual” independent advisory mission of a case-file

25th May 2021

In spite of the ongoing pandemic, threats to nature continue, and the monitoring mandate of the Bern Convention, which includes “on-the-spot appraisal” (OSA) visits within the case-file and European Diploma for Protected Areas (EDPA) systems, remains a key priority. In that regard, it was...

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Bern Convention launches Voices of Nature communication initiative

19 April 2021

The Bern Convention has launched a new online campaign, #VoicesofNature which promotes the connection between wildlife and people. The campaign website showcases stories of natural heritage conservation, human rights protection and democratic participation around Europe. Through the protection of...

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1st meeting of the Bureau of the Bern Convention in 2021

14-15 April 2021 (Virtual meeting)

The Bureau to the Standing Committee of the Bern Convention held its first annual meeting of 2021 on 14-15 April by video-conference. The Bureau assessed progress in the implementation of the Convention’s Programme of Activities for 2021 and the state of preparation of the thematic expert group...

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European Diploma for Protected Areas: Call to constitute a pool of independent experts

The European Diploma for Protected Areas is a prestigious international award granted since 1965. It recognises natural and semi-natural areas and landscapes of exceptional European importance for the preservation of biological, geological and landscape diversity and which are managed in an...

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Group of Specialists on the European Diploma for Protected Areas

24th February 2021 (virtual meeting)

The Group of Specialists on the European Diploma for Protected Areas held its annual meeting on 24th February 2021 by video-conference. The Group discussed consequences of the lack of appraisal visits last year due to the pandemic, and possible solutions, including an exceptional extension to...

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200 Case-Files: A milestone within the monitoring of the Bern Convention

22 February 2021

This February, the Bern Convention registered its 200th case-file. This pioneering system has since 1984 given organisations and private citizens the opportunity to highlight presumed breaches of the Bern Convention, potentially bringing the case to the Standing Committee- a pan-European forum....

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40th Standing Committee meeting

30 November - 4 December

For the first time ever the Bern Convention held its landmark 40th Standing Committee online, attracting a record of 190 participants including 45 Contracting Parties, from 30th November to 4th December. Contracting Parties, experts and NGO representatives discussed the outcomes of activities...

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Birdlife Report on Derogations from the Protection of Birds

On Tuesday 10th November, Birdlife published its new Report on “Derogations from the protection of birds under the EU Birds Directive, the Bern Convention and the African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA)”, which sheds light on the controversial process of issuing tens of thousands of licenses...

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11th Meeting of the Group of Experts on Protected Areas and Ecological Networks

7-8 October 2020

The Group of Experts on Protected Areas and Ecological Networks held its 11th meeting on 7-8 October 2020 by video-conference. The Group examined the results of the Reporting under Resolution No. 8 (2012) on the conservation status of species and habitats, took stock of the implementation of the...

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The European Diploma for Protected Areas celebrates the European Day of Parks 2020

24 May 2020

The European Diploma for Protected Areas (EDPA) is proud to celebrate the European Day of Parks and its theme "Healthy Parks, Healthy People" which took place on 24th May 2020. That theme is particularly relevant these days, and the EDPA, which turns 55 this year, is privileged to be able to...

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Meeting of the Bureau of the Bern Convention

15-16 September 2020

The Bureau to the Standing Committee of the Bern Convention held its second ordinary meeting of 2020 on 15-16 September by video-conference. The Bureau discussed and reviewed proposals for ensuring the financial sustainability of the Convention. It assessed progress in the implementation of the...

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The Bern Convention advocates for climate action on Earth Day 2020

22 April 2020

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, members of the Bureau of the Bern Convention have prepared a short video message to remind of the importance of conservation of biodiversity in the face of climate change. Protection of habitats and species which provide essential eco-system...

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1st meeting of the Bureau of the Bern Convention in 2020

7-8 April 2020

The Bureau to the Standing Committee of the Bern Convention successfully held its first annual meeting of 2020 on 7th and 8th April by video-conference. The Bureau assessed progress in the implementation of the Convention’s Programme of Activities for 2020 and the state of preparation of the...

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Covid-19 Outbreak - message to our partners

20 March 2020

In accordance with the recommendations of the French authorities, and as an expression of civic responsibility and solidarity in these difficult times, the Council of Europe is taking emergency measures to stop the spread of the Covid 19 epidemic. By decision of the Secretary General, the...

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