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

Recommendation No. 92 (2002) on sixteen new Action Plans for most threatened birds in the Convention’s area, adopted by the Standing Committee on 5 December 2002

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,

Recalling its recommendations:

No. 48 (1996) on the conservation of globally threatened birds in Europe,

No. 61 (1997) on the conservation of the White-headed Duck (Oxyura leucocephala)

No. 62 (1997) on the conservation of regionally threatened birds in the Macaronesian and the Mediterranean regions,

No. 88 (2001) on the implementation of five new action plans for globally threatened birds in Europe;

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 globally threatened birds in the Convention’s area;

Noting the value and usefulness of birds action plans already endorsed by the Committee in previous recommendations and carried out by numerous states,

Welcoming collaboration with the European Commission, with UNEP/CMS Africa-Eurasia Waterfowl Agreement, with the Protocol concerning Mediterranean Specially Protected Areas of the Barcelona Convention, with the Ramsar Convention and other appropriate biodiversity related treaties and programmes, in the implementation of the actions plans, and recognising equally the positive co-operation established with BirdLife International and its partners and Wetlands International;

Referring to the 16 new Action Plans on European globally threatened birds presented by to the Committee by BirdLife;

Desirous to take prompt action for the conservation of Europe's most threatened birds,

Recommends that Contracting Parties to the Convention or States invited to accede thereto or to attend sessions of the Standing Committee as observers:

– Carry out (or, if appropriate, reinforce) National Action Plans for the species listed in Appendix to the recommendation; take note, in that context, of the above-mentioned Action Plans on European globally threatened birds.

Appendix to Recommendation No. 92 (2002)

List of 16 bird species concerned by the Recommendation

1. Lanner falcon (Falco biarmicus)

2. Eleonora's falcon (Falco eleonorae)

3. Roseate tern (Sterna dougallii)

4. Gyrfalcon (Falco rusticolus)

5. Balearic shearwater (Puffinus mauretanicus)

6. Crested coot (Fulica cristata)

7. Corso-Sardinian goshawk (Accipiter gentiles arrigonii)

8. Macaronesian sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus granti)

9. Cream-coloured courser (Cursorius cursor)

10. Gran Canaria great spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopos major thanneri)

11. Italian grey partridge (Perdix perdix italica)

12. Scottish crossbill (Loxia scotica)

13. Sicilian rock partridge (Alectoris graeca whitakeri)

14. Tenerife great spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopos major canariensis)

15. Canary Islands stonechat (Saxicola dacotiae)

16. White-tailed Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla)



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