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

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 third briefing of the series, we provide a simple overview of the meaning of the term ‘site integrity’, used in Article 6(3) of the Habitats Directive. We consider what it means to ‘adversely affect the integrity of the site’, and the circumstances in which a plan or project can be granted permission to proceed. We also consider the legal meaning of ‘favourable conservation status’.

All briefings in this series:

Briefing 1: An overview of Natura 2000

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)) - download from this page]

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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