An overview of Natura 2000

ClientEarth’s briefing series ‘European protected areas – navigating the legal landscape’ provides a broad overview of the legal landscape surrounding Article 6 of the Habitats Directive. It is designed to provide the key legal information needed to engage in discussions relating to developments, or plans for developments, in or around Natura 2000 sites.

In this first briefing of the series, we provide a short and simple overview of the legal foundations for the Natura 2000 network. We also examine Article 6 of the Habitats Directive, which sets out how the network must be managed.

All briefings in this series:

[Briefing 1: An overview of Natura 2000 - download from this page]

Briefing 2: Article 6 (3) The test of likely significant effect and appropriate assessments

Briefing 3: The importance and meaning of 'site integrity' (Article 6(3))

Briefing 4: Article 6(3): the precautionary principle and proportionality

Briefing 5: Article 6(4): The precautionary, proportionality, and subsidiarity principles

Briefing 6: Article 6(3) What constitutes a plan or project

Briefing 7: Article 6: compensation v. mitigation measures

Briefing 8: Article 6(4): Absence of alternative solutions and imperative reasons of overriding public interest


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Published November 1, 2015
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