Bonn, Ocotber 2009 - After having reached
its own 30th Anniversary in June, the Bonn Convention has
congratulated the Convention on the Conservation of European
Wildlife and Natural Habitats, also known as the Bern Convention,
which has just turned 30 too.
The Bern Convention was the first international
treaty aiming to protect both wild plant and animal species
and their natural habitats while enhancing transborder cooperation
between contracting parties in Europe. The management and
sustainable use of European wildlife and natural habitats
including migratory species are a cornerstone of the Bern
Convention and reveal common objectives of both Conventions.
CMS and the Bern Convention have developed close collaboration
based on a Memorandum of Understanding, in creating species
action plans and strategies, and they have supported environmental
governance by helping countries improve national policies
and preserve their natural heritage. Regional Agreements
concluded under the CMS umbrella such as the African-Eurasian
Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA), the two agreements
to conserve whales and dolphins (ACCOBAMS and ASCOBANS),
the Agreement on Bats (EUROBATS) as well as the Wadden Sea
Seals Agreement also play an active role in this.
Membership of the Bern Convention has grown to 48 Contracting
Parties and 50 signatories. The European Community and its
27 Member States are Parties to the Bern Convention, as
are Burkina Faso, Morocco, Tunisia and Senegal.
Both Conventions have proven expertise in tackling sensitive
issues like hunting and recent challenges such as climate
change, invasive alien species and creating networks of
The Bonn and Bern Conventions are going to mark their ongoing
co-operation with the signature of a Memorandum of Co-operation
on the first day of this year's annual meeting of Parties
to the Bern Convention, on Monday 23rd November 2009.