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Agreement on the conservation of African-Eurasian migratory waterbirds

Parties with reservations, declarations and objections

Party Reservations / Declarations Objections
Belarus Yes No
Bulgaria Yes No
Czech Republic Yes No
Estonia Yes No
EU (European Union) Yes No
Finland Yes No
Hungary Yes No
Iceland Yes No
Latvia Yes No
Moldova Yes No
Slovakia Yes No
Sweden Yes No

Belarus

15-01-2016

The Republic of Belarus on the basis of Article XV of the Agreement shall not apply Annex 3 to the Agreement with respect to:
- the prohibition referred to in paragraph 2.1.2(a) of Annex 3 to the Agreement on the taking of birds belonging to the populations listed in column B of table 1 of Annex 3 to the Agreement at various stages of reproduction and rearing and during their return to their breeding grounds if the taking has an unfavourable impact on the conservation status of the population concerned;
- the prohibition referred to in paragraph 2.1.2(b) of Annex 3 to the Agreement on the use of all indiscriminate means of taking out and means capable of causing mass destruction, the local disappearance, as well as causing serious anxiety to the birds belonging to the populations listed in column B of table 1 of Annex 3 to the Agreement;
- paragraph 4.1.4 of Annex 3 to the Agreement.

Bulgaria

22-11-1999

The competent institutions for Bulgaria for the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds are:
Ministry of Environment and Water
National Nature Protection Service
67, William Gladstone Str.
1000 Sofia, Bulgaria
tel.: 003592 84 72 62 53
fax: 003592 52 16 34
Ministry of Justice and Legal Eurointegration
Department "Legal Eurointegration and International Legal Cooperation"
1, "Slavianska" Str.
1000 Sofia, Bulgaria
tel.: 003592 988 45 89; 980 92 22
fax: 003592 980 92 23; 981 10 96.

Czech Republic

12-12-2008

The Government of the Czech Republic presents a reservation in accordance with Article X of the abovementioned Agreement due to impossibility to accomplish the procedure of internal approval concerning the Amendments to the Annexes to the Agreement, as accepted at the 4th Session of the meeting of the Parties to the Agreement (Antananarivo, Madagascar, 15-19 September 2008), in the mentioned ninety days period.

04-06-2010

The Government of the Czech Republic withdraws the reservation, which was made in accordance with Article X of the abovementioned Agreement due to impossibility to accomplish the procedure of internal approval concerning the Amendments to the Annexes to the Agreement, as accepted at the 4th Session of the meeting of the Parties to the Agreement (Antananarivo, Madagascar, 15-19 September 2008), in the ninety days period. As provided for in paragraph 6 of Article 10 of the Agreement, the Amendments shall enter into force for the Czech Republic on the thirtieth day after the date of the withdrawal of the reservation.

Estonia

01-08-2008

According to Article XV of the Agreement the Republic of Estonia makes a following specific reservation: paragraph 4.1.4 of the Annex 3 is not applied to the hunting of waterbirds in the territory of the Republic of Estonia until the 1st of January 2013.

EU (European Union)

29-01-2010

[...] as from 1 December 2009, the European Union has replaced and succeeded the European Community (Article 1, third paragraph, of the Treaty on European Union as it results from the amendments introduced by the Treaty of Lisbon) and has exercised all rights and assumed all obligations of the European Community whilst continuing to exercise existing rights and assume obligations of the European Union.
The General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union, therefore has the honour to notify the Permanent Representation of the Netherlands to the European Union that, as from 1 December 2009, the European Community has been replaced and succeeded by the European Union in respect of all Conventions/Agreements for which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands is the depositary and to which the European Community, replaced from 1 December 2009 by the European Union, is a contracting party.

Finland

29-10-1999

1. In accordance with Article XV and Annex 3, paragraph 2.1.2, Finland declares that the provisions contained in the said paragraph do not apply to the Åland Islands as regards two species, Velvet Scoter (Melanitta fusca) and Common Scoter (Melanitta Nigra), mentioned in Table 1 column B, and the taking of these species is allowed in the Åland Islands.
2. The provisions contained in Annex 3, paragraphs 2.1.2 and 2.1.3 do not apply to those species which are subject to spring taking in the Åland Islands.
3. The provisions contained in Annex 3, paragraphs 4.1.4, endeavouring to phase out the use of lead shot, do not apply to the Åland Islands.

Hungary

17-12-2002

Reservation to the point 4.1.4. of Annex 3 (Action Plan) of the Agreement:
The Republic of Hungary reserves the right to phase out the use of lead shot for hunting in wetlands until 15 August 2005.

Iceland

21-03-2013

In accordance with Article XV of the Agreement, Iceland makes a reservation regarding Annex 3, paragraph 2.1, cf. Article IV, paragraph 1, with regard to the following species:
Artic Tern (Sterna paradisaea).
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus).
Glaucus Gull (Larus hyperboreus).
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibundus).
Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus).
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo).
Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla).
Razorbill (Alca torda).
Common Guillemot (Uria aalge).
Thick-billed Guillemot (Uria lomvia).
Black Guillemot (Cepphus grylle).
Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica).
Common Eider (Somateria mollissima).
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos).
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas Penelope).
Common Teal (Anas crecca).
Greater Scaup (Aythya marila).
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula).
Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis).
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator).
Greylag Goose (Anser anser).
Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus).

Latvia

21-10-2005

In accordance with paragraph 1 article V the Republic of Latvia declares that the national authority designated is the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Latvia
Peldu Str. 25
Riga, LV - 1494
Tel..: +371 7026 418
Fax: + 371 7820 442
E-mail: pasts@vidm.gov.lv

Moldova

17-01-2001

Responsible authority of the Republic of Moldova in accordance with the provisions of Article V paragraph (b) of the Agreement on the conservation of african-eurasian migratory waterbirds is the Ministry of Environment and Territorial Development of the Republic of Moldova.
Postal address:
9 Cosmonautilor str.,
Chisinau, MD-2005, Republic of Moldova
tel. + 373 2 22 62 73
fax + 373 2 22 07 48
Contact person: Mr. Ion Bejenaru
chief of the Section on the bio-diversity conservation and management of protected areas
E-mail: Biodiver@mediu.moldavo.md.

Slovakia

23-04-2001

The Slovak Republic shall not be bound by the provisions of article 4.1.4 of the Action Plan and will not phase out the use of lead shot for hunting in wetlands.

Sweden

05-10-1998

In accordance with Article V 1(a) and (b) of the Agreement Sweden hereby designates as implementing authority of the Agreement and contact point for the other Parties The Swedish National Environmental Protection Agency, (Statens naturvårdsverk), S-106 48 Stockholm, Sweden.
Tel. + 46-8-698 10 00, Fax + 46-8-20 29 25.

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