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

The following Environment guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (the Bern Convention)—snapshot
  • Purpose of the Bern Convention
  • Scope
  • Definition of ‘wildlife’
  • Conservation
  • Co-ordination
  • Exceptions
  • Reporting
  • Dispute settlement
  • Implementation in England and Wales

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Title CETS No.104 Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (Bern Convention)
Entry into Force 01/06/1982
Transposition Deadline N/A
Amendments N/A
England and Wales implementation Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981; Wildlife and Countryside (Service of Notices) Act 1985; Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017, SI 2017/1012; Conservation of Offshore Marine Habitats and Species Regulations 2017, SI 2017/1013.
Subject Nature conservation

Purpose of the Bern Convention

The Bern Convention was the first international agreement to protect both species and habitats and to bring countries together to act on nature conservation.