Bonn Convention

The purpose of the Bonn Convention is to protect migratory species of terrestrial and aquatic animals throughout their migratory range


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A PAIR OF WHOOPER SWANS. An earlier migrant has become a significant nester in Estonia in recent decades. By: Igor Nael


The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals, which was concluded in Bonn, Germany, in 1979 and entered into force four years later, aims to protect migratory terrestrial and aquatic species throughout their migratory range.


The convention obliges the acceded countries to conserve and restore habitats that are important for the survival of species. In addition, the convention obliges to reduce harmful factors that seriously impede the migration of species and to avoid factors that endanger or may endanger the species.


As at 1 January 2021, there were 132 parties to the Bonn Convention [1]; Estonia joined in 2008.


The Bonn Convention is a framework agreement to which a number of other agreements are linked. Of those, Estonia has joined the EUROBATS agreement and the AEWA agreement.


In Estonia, the Nature Conservation Department of the Ministry of the Environment coordinates everything to do with the Bonn Convention.



Last modified: 11.01.2022