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Over forty years ago, an innovative legal text was adopted to protect Europe’s wild plants and animals. The Council of Europe’s Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (1979), or Bern Convention, was the first international treaty to protect both species and habitats and to bring countries together to decide how to act on nature conservation. 

40th anniversary of the Bern Convention 40th anniversary of the Bern Convention

The Bern Convention turned 40 on 19th September 2019, and to mark the occasion, a special website was made in which 40 stories depicting the work of the Convention through colourful images and narratives are displayed. You can access the website here.

Video of the Bern Convention Video of the Bern Convention

Video of the Emerald Network Video of the Emerald Network


Subtitles: Armenian, Azeri, Georgian, Romanian, Russian, Ukrainian

photo credit: / Viktoria Kurpas

photo credit: / Viktoria Kurpas

“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:

  1. Contribution to standard setting and cooperation on issues related to the conservation of wild flora and fauna and habitats;
  2. Monitoring the implementation of the Bern Convention;
  3. Education and awareness raising on the need to conserve species of wild flora and fauna and their habitats.

The purpose of this call is to create a pool of international consultants with the relevant background and work experience to support the implementation of activities under the Bern Convention. Selected consultants will be consulted on an as-needed-basis.

Interested candidates are invited to apply. Deadline for tendering is 10 September 2021, applications shall be submitted in English.

Please follow the link for more detailed information on the call: Tenders published outside the e-procurement (