The following Environment practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
As of exit day (31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an implementation period, during which it continues to be subject to EU law. This has an impact on this content.
For further guidance, see Practice Note: Brexit—impact on environmental law, and News Analysis: Brexit Bulletin—key updates, research tips and resources.
The Bern Convention was the first international agreement to protect both species and habitats and to bring countries together to act on nature conservation. It recognises the ‘aesthetic, scientific, cultural, recreational, economic and intrinsic value of wild flora and fauna’ as a ‘natural heritage’ that needs to be preserved for future generations.
In order to protect wild flora and fauna, the Bern Convention has three main aims:
to conserve wild flora and fauna and natural habitats
to promote co-operation between states, and
to give particular attention to endangered and vulnerable species, including endangered and vulnerable migratory
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