Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats - Standing Committee

Recommendation No. 81 (2000) of the Standing Committee on the implementation of the Action Plan for the conservation of Margaritifera auricularia, adopted by the Standing Committee on 1 December 2000

The Standing Committee of the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats, acting under Article 14 of the convention;

Having regard to the aims of the convention, which are to conserve wild flora and fauna and their natural habitats;

Recalling that Article 1, paragraph 2, of the convention requires Parties to give particular emphasis to the conservation of endangered and vulnerable species;

Noting that all the few remaining population of Margaritifera auricularia are critically endangered;

Desirous to avoid a further loss of biological diversity in Europe;

Aware that the design and implementation of recovery plans may be a useful tool to redress the situation of Margaritifera auricularia;

Recalling its Recommendation No. 22 (1991) on the conservation of the pearl mussel (Margaritifera margaritifera) and other freshwater mussels (Unionoidea);

Recalling its Recommendation No. 35 (1992) on the conservation of some species of invertebrates listed in Appendix II of the convention which asked France to carry out a national survey of the species and Spain to take appropriate measures to protect the last remaining populations of the species;

Recalling its Recommendation No. 50 (1996) on the conservation of Margaritifera auricularia which asked Spain to establish, as a matter of urgency, recovery plans for the species;

Recalling its Recommendation No. 51 (1996) on action plans for invertebrate species in the appendices of the convention, which asked to consider the implementation of action plans for Margaritifera auricularia;

Recalling its Recommendation No. 52 (1996) on habitat conservation for invertebrate species;

Recalling its Recommendation No. 59 (1997) on the drafting and implementation of action plans for wild fauna species;

Referring to the report containing suggested actions for the Margaritifera auricularia in Europe, compiled by Dr Araujo and Dr Ramos (document T-PVS(2000)9revised);

Desirous to take prompt action for the conservation of European threatened freshwater molluscs and in particular of Margaritifera auricularia,

Recommends that France and Spain:

1. carry out as a matter of urgency national actions plans for Margaritifera auricularia; take note, in that context, of the above-mentioned action plan; follow, in that context as far as possible, the suggestions contained in Recommendation No. 59 on the drafting and implementation of action plans for wild fauna species;

2. set up a joint bilateral project to implement national action plans and ensure exchange of experiences and scientific information on the species;

3. ensure that the species receives appropriate conservation attention by international instruments and funding schemes.