42nd Standing Committee meeting

28 November - 2 December Strasbourg (hybrid meeting)

The Bern Convention will hold 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 will discuss the outcomes of activities implemented throughout 2022, and foresee...

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Emerald Network biogeographical evaluation on habitats and species including birds for Liechtenstein

24-25 October 2022 Vaduz, Liechtenstein

An Emerald Network biogeographical evaluation for habitats and species, including birds for Liechtenstein will take place on 24 and 25 October 2022 in Vaduz in cooperation with the European Topic Centre on Biological Diversity. The meeting will convene representatives from the Ministry of Home...

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First meeting of the National Focal Points for the Pan-European Action Plan for Sturgeons

5-6 October Strasbourg

The First meeting of the National Focal Points for the Pan-European Action Plan for Sturgeons took place in person in the premises of the Council of Europe building in Strasbourg on 5-6 October 2022. This meeting took stock of the implementation of the Pan-European Action Plan for Sturgeons,...

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2nd ordinary meeting of the Bureau of the Bern Convention in 2022

15-16 September Strasbourg

The Bureau to the Standing Committee of the Bern Convention held its second ordinary meeting of 2022 on 15-16 September in Strasbourg. The Bureau assessed progress in the implementation of the Convention’s Programme of Activities for 2022/2023 and the results of or state of preparation of the...

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Bern Convention carries out joint on-the-spot appraisal with AEWA and CMS in Albania

29 August - 2 September Vjosa-Narta Protected Area

The Bern Convention, African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) and Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) carried out a joint on-the-spot appraisal (OSA) to the Vjosa-Narta Protected Area in Albania from 29 August to 2 September following concerns raised by Albanian NGOs about the...

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Emerald Network biogeographical evaluation on habitats and species including birds for Iceland

21-22 June 2022 Iceland, Reykjavik

An Emerald Network biogeographical evaluation for Iceland for habitats and all species including birds will take place on 21 and 22 June 2022 in Reykjavik in cooperation with the European Topic Centre on Biological Diversity. The meeting will convene representatives from the Ministry of the...

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Group of Experts on Protected Areas and Ecological Networks and Ad-hoc Working Group on Reporting

15 June 2022 (online meeting)

The Group of Experts on Protected Areas and Ecological Networks held its 13th meeting back-to-back with the 1st meeting of the Ad-hoc Working Group on Reporting on 15 June online. The Group of Experts on Protected Areas and Ecological Networks examined consolidated guidelines describing the...

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

7-9 June 2022 Valencia, Spain

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) was held by hybrid means in...

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7th meeting of the Group of Experts on the conservation of birds

9-10 June 2022 Valencia, Spain

The Bern Convention Group of Experts on the conservation of birds held its 7th meeting in Valencia, Spain, on 9-10 June 2022. The meeting was held by hybrid means and took stock of work done so far on the implementation of the previous Bern Convention Recommendations on birds and power lines and...

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International Day for Biological Diversity 2022: The Bern Convention is the CoE’s tool to ensure that Humans, Nature and Wildlife may share a future

22 May 2022 Strasbourg

Strasbourg, 22nd May 2022: According to the IUCN Red List, more than 40,000 species are threatened with extinction globally today. This concerns e.g. 26% of mammals, 41% of amphibians, and 13% of birds. The main threats come from the fact that their habitats are disappearing or changing due to...

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11th meeting of Group of Experts on Climate Change and Biodiversity

23 May 2022 online meeting

The Group of Experts on Biodiversity and Climate Change met online on 23 May 2022. The Group discussed whether its mandate is still adapted to the current challenges, examined the findings of a survey on the progress in the implementation by Contracting Parties of Recommendation No. 206 (2019) on...

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Launch of Emerald Network Barometer and National Summary Dashboards of the first reporting under Resolution No. 8 (2012)

The Bern Convention is pleased to announce that new digital tools of the Emerald Network and of the reporting under Resolution No. 8 (2012) have been launched in cooperation with the European Environment Agency (EEA). The Emerald Network Barometer provides an overview of the Emerald Network in...

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1st meeting of the Bureau of the Bern Convention in 2022

6-7 April 2022 (online meeting)

The Bureau to the Standing Committee of the Bern Convention held its first meeting of 2022 on 6-7 April by video-conference. The Bureau assessed progress in the implementation of the Convention’s Programme of Activities for 2022/2023 and the state of preparation of the thematic expert group...

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Group of Specialists annual meeting on the European Diploma for Protected Areas

23-24 February 2022 Online

The Group of Specialists on the European Diploma for Protected Areas held its annual meeting on 23-24 February 2022 by video-conference. The Group assessed the lessons learned from the advisory visits which took place virtually or in hybrid set up last year. Linked to this, the Group discussed...

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Bern Convention adopts a Vision for the next decade

At the recent annual Standing Committee meeting of the Bern Convention, a landmark moment occurred when for the first time ever the Committee agreed to adopt a Vision for the Bern Convention for the period to 2030. The Vision, led by the slogan “Healthy nature for healthy people”, states that “By...

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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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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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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 held its 12th meeting on 5-6 October online. The Group examined 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 habitats,...

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41st Standing Committee meeting

29 November to 3 December 2021

The Bern Convention held its 41st Standing Committee meeting from 29th November to 3rd December 2021, once again online due to the ongoing pandemic and travel-related restrictions. Contracting Parties, experts, NGO representatives, international observers and others discussed the outcomes of...

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Emerald Network biogeographical evaluation on habitats and species including birds for Georgia

15-16 December 2021 (online)

An Emerald Network biogeographical evaluation for habitats and all species and including birds for Georgia will take place online on 15 and 16 December 2021. The meeting will convene representatives from the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, national and...

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