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Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (Bern Convention)

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TitleConvention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (Bern Convention)
2nd TitleConvention relative à la conservation de la vie sauvage et du milieu naturel de l'Europe (Convention de Berne)
CreatorCouncil of Europe
DescriptionThe Bern Convention is a binding international legal instrument in the field of nature conservation, which covers the whole of the natural heritage of the European continent and extends to some States of Africa. Its aims are to conserve wild flora and fauna and their natural habitats and to promote European co-operation in that field. It was adopted and signed in Bern (Switzerland) in September 1979, and came into force on 1st June 1982. It counts among its Contracting Parties 40 member States of the Council of Europe, as well as Burkina Faso, Morocco, Senegal, Tunisia and the European Community. The protection of migratory species lends the Convention a distinct dimension of North-South interdependence and co-operation. The Bern Convention co-ordinates the action of European States in adopting common standards and policies for the sustainable use of biological diversity, thus contributing to the improvement of the quality of life of Europeans and the promotion of sustainable development. The Convention is a fundamental treaty at European level for biological diversity. It is co-ordinated by a Standing Committee that meets every year. It has put in place a monitoring system (file cases).
LanguageEnglish, French
Keywordslegislation; national policies; nature conservation; Bern Convention; biodiversity; conventions; environmental policy; international agreements
TypeGovernment organizations, International organizations, Legislation
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 Published: May 7 2007 | Last updated: May 13 2016