The Agreement for the Conservation of Bats in Europe will come into force on 16 January 1994, the DoE announced tod...
The Agreement for the Conservation of Bats in Europe will come into force on 16 January 1994, the DoE announced today. Eleven countries have currently signed the Agreement of which six have ratified.
The aim of the Agreement is to encourage co-operation within Europe to conserve 29 species of European bat. Its main provisions are to restrict the killing or capture of bats; protection of key bat habitats; co-ordination of research and increasing public awareness of bat conservation.
The UK, through the Department of the Environment, took the lead in drawing up the Agreement which is the first international agreement devoted to the conservation of bats and one of the first to be reached under the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (the Bonn Convention).
The UK have been providing an Interim Secretariat and encouragement to countries to become Parties to the Agreement. The UK will now take on the role of Secretariat to the Agreement for 3 years and will continue its efforts to expand the coverage of the Agreement further throughout Europe.