Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats - Standing Committee
Resolution No. 5 (1998) concerning the rules for the Network of Areas of Special Conservation Interest (Emerald Network)
(Adopted by the Standing Committee on 4 December 1998)
The Standing Committee of the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats, acting under the terms of Article 14 of the convention,
Having regard to its Resolution No. 1 (1989) on the provisions relating to the conservation of habitats;
Having regard to its Recommendation No. 14 (1989) on species habitat conservation and on the conservation of endangered natural habitats;
Having regard to its Recommendation No. 16 (1989) on Areas of Special Conservation Interest;
Having regard to its Resolution No. 3 (1996) on the setting-up of a pan-European Ecological Network;
Having regard to its Resolution No. 4 (1996) listing endangered natural habitats requiring specific habitat conservation measures;
Having regard to its Resolution No. 6 (1998) listing the species requiring specific habitat conservation measures;
Considering that for Contracting Parties which are Member States of the European Union Emerald Network sites are those of the Natura 2000 Network. Thus the procedures established by European Council Directives 79/409/EEC and 92/43/EEC will be the only rules to apply;
Noting that, following points 3 and 4 of Resolution No 3 (1996), the use of the term "governments" in this resolution means the governments of the States Contracting Parties to the Convention, of other Council of Europe States and of other States which are observer States in the Standing Committee of the Convention,
Resolves to adopt hereby the Rules for the Emerald Network of Areas of Special Conservation Interest:
Any area, whether land or sea, where that area fits one or several of the conditions established in Recommendation No. 16 (1989), point 1, may form part of the Emerald Network.
2.1. Areas of Special Conservation Interest (ASCIs) to be included in the Emerald Network shall be designated by the governments.
2.2. The Standing Committee may advise the government concerned on the advisability of designating one or more ASCIs that are of a particular interest to the Emerald Network.
3.1. Any government designating an ASCI shall deposit a standard Data Form with the Secretariat. A model for this Standard Data Form, derived from and compatible with the Natura 2000 Standard Data Form, is found as appendix to this resolution. Governments are encouraged to provide the information for the Standard Data Form on electronic support.
3.2. Where the designations conform with the provisions of Article 1 of this resolution, the Secretariat shall notify the government of the fact and shall register them.
3.3. If not, the Standing Committee shall advise the government concerned to withdraw the designation. If the government nevertheless maintains the designation, the Standing Committee may decide not to accept it.
3.4. The information on ASCIs shall be public and stored in a database, except for information communicated as confidential. Governments are requested not to send any confidential information in electronic form, but to do it separately, mentioning its confidentiality. Confidential information shall not be included in the database and shall not become public.
4.1 The governments shall undertake surveillance of the conservation status of species and natural habitats in designated ASCIs
4.2. The governments shall inform the Secretariat of any important changes likely to affect negatively in a substantial way the ecological character of the designated ASCIs or the conditions having justified their designation.
4.3. Where any such changes come to light, the Standing Committee may advise the government concerned on steps to be taken to ensure conformity with the provisions of Recommendation No. 16 (1989).
4.4. Exceptions to the provisions of Articles 4, 5, 6 and 7 of the Convention in designated ASCIs shall be regulated by Article 9 of the Convention.
5.1. The Group of Experts on the Setting-up of the Emerald Network shall follow the progress of the Emerald Network under the aegis of the Standing Committee. It will endeavour, under the aegis of the Standing Committee, to publish regularly lists of designated ASCIs and their character and to make that information available in electronic form.
5.2. The Standing Committee shall periodically review the contribution of the Emerald Network towards the achievement of the objectives of the Convention. In this context a designated ASCI may be considered for declassification where this is warranted by natural developments noted as a result of the surveillance provided for in Article 4.1.
The Standing Committee shall encourage governments to implement Recommendation No. 16 (1989) on designated ASCIs and shall use its best endeavours to solve any difficulty that may arise in the implementation or interpretation of this resolution.
APPENDIX TO RESOLUTION No. 5
MODEL DATA FORM TO BE ADAPTED FOLLOWING THE LIST OF SPECIES IN ANNEXE 1 OF RESOLUTION No.6
Implementation of Recommendation No. 16
of the Bern Convention
STANDARD DATA FORM
FOR AREAS OF SPECIAL CONSERVATION INTEREST (ASCIs)
As amended from the NATURA 2000 standard data form
1. SITE IDENTIFICATION
1.1. TYPE 1.2. SITE CODE 1.3. COMPILATION DATE 1.4. UPDATE
1.5. RELATION WITH OTHER EMERALD SITES:
EMERALD SITE CODES EMERALD SITE CODES
1.7. SITE NAME:
1.8. SITE INDICATION AND DESIGNATION DATE:
DATE SITE PROPOSED AS EMERALD SITE: DATE CONFIRMED AS EMERALD SITE