Based on various sources of information (in particular the Bern Convention Recommendation on the illegal killing, trapping and trade of wild birds, discussions with BirdLife International, the Federation of Associations for Hunting and Conservation of the EU (FACE), and Member States, and a study produced for the Commission), the Commission intends to identify actions to be taken at EU or Member State level with a view to increase effectiveness in measures aimed at eliminating illegal killing, trapping, and trade of birds in the EU.
The first version of the Roadmap was finalized in December 2012. The present version has been updated according to the actions undertaken and further to the Tunis’ Conference on Illegal killing, trapping and trade of birds organized by the Bern Convention and the Recommendation N° 164 (2013) of the
Standing Committee of the Bern Convention on the implementation of the” Tunis Action Plan 2013-2020 for the eradication of illegal killing, trapping and trade of wild birds”
Although enforcement is primarily a responsibility of Member States, the Commission can play a significant role to help improve the situation. The five main domains where the Commission can act are the following: 1) Raising awareness of the competent authorities and the civil society, 2) Funding projects, 3) Co-ordinating efforts at EU level, 4) Processing data provided by Member States in the context of their reporting obligations or Commission’s enquiries, and 5) Initiating legal procedure.
The Roadmap lists possible actions under 4 main headlines: 1) Monitoring and data collection, 2) Information exchange, training and awareness-raising, 3) Enforcement and legal aspects, and 4) Prevention. The Roadmap does not aim to set up a comprehensive program aimed at eliminating illegal killing, trapping and trade of birds. Such a program can be found in the Bern’s Convention Action Plan. It rather aims to list all possible actions for the Commission and a set of actions for the other concerned parties.Publication date: February 1, 2017