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EU/UNDP project supports signing of the Bern Convention by the Republic of Belarus

EU/UNDP project supports signing of the Bern Convention by the Republic of Belarus

20 June 2012: The joint EU/UNDP project held the Round table devoted to discussion of comparative analysis of EU conservation directives statements, Bern Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats and relevant legislation of the Republic of Belarus. The report was prepared by national and international experts of the project.

The EU/UNDP project gathered more than forty guests including representatives of Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Belarus, Ministry of Forestry of the Republic of Belarus, APB-BirdLife Belarus, international experts from the Ukraine and the European Union.

Participants discussed obstacles to sign Bern Convention by Belarus. This Pan-European agreement on biodiversity preservation wasn’t joined only by San Marino, Russia and Belarus. In particular, problematic topics like hunting for birds in reproduction period (i.e. in spring), protection of wolves and hunting for otters, necessity of extension of protected species list according to the European criteria were discussed.

Summing up the results of the event, participants agreed that there are no vivid obstacles to sign Bern Convention by Belarus.

At next Round table participants will discuss drafts of the normative legal acts prepared for improvement of legal and institutional base of Belarus. The developed acts will promote process of accession of Belarus to the Bern convention, and also application of statements of the convention in the Belarusian legislation.

You can find presentations in Russian here.

For more information, please contact a PR specialist of the EU/UNDP Project – Alena Sedach, tel. +375 17 267-96-23, +375 044 786-55-56, e-mail: alena.sedach@undp.by.


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