The Standing Committee to the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats, acting under the terms of Article 14 of the Convention, published a document in which it recommends contracting parties to the Convention and invites observer States to:
- Systematically use the list of gravity factors appended (Appendix I) to this Recommendation for the evaluation of wild bird crimes/offences during investigation, prosecution and conviction of offenders;
- Disseminate and encourage the use – in the full respect of the principle of judicial independence of both the over-arching and jurisdiction-focused principles appended (Appendix II) to this Recommendation to inform the process of imposition of sanctions in wildlife crime cases, especially those related to the illegal killing, taking and trading of wild birds;
- Improve and enhance, as a matter of urgency inter-sector cooperation at national level, particularly between the authorities competent for biodiversity-related matters and the Ministries of Justice;
- Keep the Standing Committee informed of the implementation of this Recommendation.