EPRS Admin By / May 12, 2016

Percentage of Natura 2000 network area subject to a management plan (2012)

Percentage of Natura 2000 network area subject to a management plan (2012)

Percentage of Natura 2000 network area subject to a management plan (2012)

In a report on the ‘State of nature in the EU’ published in 2015, the European Environment Agency concludes that the Natura 2000 network adequately covers the terrestrial species and habitats listed in the Nature Directives, although it could be improved in places, especially in its marine section, which is considered far from complete. The report highlights several factors influencing the effectiveness of the Natura 2000 network, including appropriate management, lack of reliable information, inadequate resources, and tensions between conservation and economic interests.
The report points out that in 2012, a number of Member States had designated particularly few SACs out of the list of SCIs adopted by the Commission. The report points out that the share of protected area subject to management plans in 2012 varied widely among Member States (see figure 10 for details). Although management plans are not mandatory, their use is strongly recommended by the Commission and required in some Member States. A significant number of management plans were being prepared at the time of reporting, especially in Spain, the Czech Republic, Italy and Germany. It is likely that the area subject to management plans has increased since then.


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