'Emerald Network' meeting of biodiversity experts
Ivana D'Alessandro outlines how the Bern Convention counters the quickening pace of biodiversity degradation in Europe. "Biodiversity is life on earth. Protecting nature means protecting our future," she says.*
Meeting of Standing Committee to the Bern Convention - 29/11/2011
Robert Palmer, the Council of Europe's Director of Governance, Culture and Diversity, gives the background to the main themes under discussion during the three-day conference.
Staci McLennan of the Brussel's-based Eurogroup for Animals outlines her concern about current imports of pets and the value of a voluntary code to restrict the sale of certain animals in Europe.
Wojciech Solarz, from the Institute of Nature Conservation in Poland, expands on the threat to biodiversity from the Ruddy-duck and the grey squirrel. He explains how the American grey squirrel triumphed over the native red squirrel and the impact it is having on Italy and the United Kingdom. He also highlights the role of pet shops in a pan-European awareness-raising campaign