The 12th meeting of the Council will be held in Glasgow,
Scotland, United Kingdom, from 31 March to 3 April 2004,
at the kind invitation of the Scottish Natural Heritage.
The meeting is open to all members of the Scientific Council
and to the representatives of organizations invited by the
Conference of the Parties to participate in Scientific Council
meetings as observers.
The main objectives of this meeting of the Scientific Council
are to make progress in the preparation of the Scientific
Council Strategic Implementation Plan for the period 2006-2011,
to provide advice on and to facilitate the implementation
of other components of the programme which was agreed by
the seventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (Bonn,
18-24 September 2002) and the eleventh meeting of the Scientific
Council (Bonn, 14-17 September 2002), and to start preparatory
work for the organization of the eighth Conference of the
The meeting will immediately precede the Conference "Waterbirds
around the world", scheduled to be held in Edinburgh,
Scotland, U.K. from 3 to 8 April 2004. This has been arranged
with the specific aim of facilitating the attendance of
interested councillors to the Conference. Details about
the Conference can be found at the following Web site:
A special arrangement has been made with the Glasgow Millennium
Hotel, George Square, Glasgow G2 1DS, Tel: +44(0)141
332 6711, Fax: +44(0)141 3324264. This hotel is
in the centre of Glasgow and close to Queen Street Rail
Station. It is convenient for the meeting venue and also
for the main shopping area in Glasgow.
For more information on the hotel and map showing its location
check the following website:
A shuttle bus service will run between the hotel and the
meeting venue each morning from 0815 hours and returning
from the meeting venue to the hotel at the close of the
An adequate number of rooms for the participants to the
Scientific Council Meeting has been reserved, at the special
rate of £70 per night on a bed and breakfast basis.
Availability of rooms is however guaranteed only
until 09 March 2004. Non sponsored delegates are
responsible of their hotel booking.
Passport and Visas
Visitors to anywhere in the UK require a current national
passport. No visas are required for EU members to travel
to the UK. Citizens from the USA, Canada, South Africa,
Australia or New Zealand do not need a visa to visit the
UK. Citizens from other countries require a visa which can
be obtained from British Consular office. For more information
on UK immigration and visa requirements visit the Foreign
and Commonwealth Office web site (http://www.fco.gov.uk)
DELEGATES IN NEED OF A VISA TO ENTER THE UK MUST
SECURE IT PRIOR TO DEPARTURE. The organizers cannot
guarantee the issuing of a visa at the point of entry.
A site visit will take place on 3 April, depart from the
Millennium Hotel at 0930 hours and return at 1730 hours.
This will be a visit along the Clyde Estuary where a range
of migratory birds can be viewed. The visit will continue
to Loch Lomond, one of Scotland's most famous beauty areas
to view some of the key features of the new National Park.
Scottish Natural Heritage staff will be leading this trip
and able to give detailed information on points of interest.
Please click here for downloading the Information
Sheet for Delegates