Strengthening of compliance with specific obligations contained in the Convention has been identified as a critical issue for the effective conservation and management of migratory species. With the aim to facilitate the implementation of the Convention and promote its effectiveness, the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (Manila, 2017) adopted Resolution 12.09 to establish a Review Mechanism and a National Legislation Programme.

The Review Mechanism and the National Legislation Programme are supportive, non-adversarial and facilitative processes focused on providing support to Parties that are experiencing difficulties with the implementation of the Convention. Pursuant to Article VII of the Convention, the two processes facilitate Parties’ attempts to identify gaps in their legislation and domestic matters that need to be addressed with corrective measures to ensuring both the long-term compliance with Articles of the Convention and the adequate protection of migratory species.


Review Mechanism

The Conference of the Parties at its 12th meeting established the Review Mechanism to facilitate long-term compliance with Articles III.4, III.5, III.7 and VI.2 of the Convention.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

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National Legislation Programme

The Conference of the Parties at its 12th meeting established the National Legislation Programme to facilitate long-term compliance with Article III.4 a) and b) and III.5 of the Convention through national legislation and support Parties, if needed, in developing or improving relevant national legislation.

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The European Union was recognized as Champion Plus for its generous support and commitment towards strengthening national legislation for migratory species for the period 2020-2023. This activity has been funded with the contribution granted by the European Commission under the Migratory Species Champion Programme and through the Global Public Goods and Challenges (GPGC Programme) Cooperation Agreements with UNEP.