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Figure Trend for Sites of Community Importance by area
This figure includes terrestrial and marine Sites of Community Interest (SCIs). The area and percentage of territory corresponds to the area of Cyprus where the Community acquis applies at present, according to protocol 10 of the Accession Treaty of Cyprus.
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Publication Marine protected areas in Europe's seas — An overview and perspectives for the future
Europe's seas are under pressure. Marine protected areas (MPAs) can act as a key conservation measure to safeguard marine ecosystems and biodiversity as well as the services these ecosystems provide. The report provides an overview on progress made to date in establishing MPAs and MPA networks in Europe's seas, specifically MPAs reported by European Union (EU) Member States up to and including 2012. It also discusses how best to assess the effectiveness of these MPAs and determine their effectiveness in protecting biodiversity across Europe's seas.
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Highlight Protected areas cover a quarter of Europe's land and almost 6 % of regional seas
Protected areas cover more than 1 000 000 km2 of land and more than 340 000 km2 of coastal and marine ecosystems in Europe, according to the latest data. These areas are vitally important for protecting the continent’s most vulnerable species, habitats and marine life.
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Figure Natura 2000: Birds and Habitats Directives
Data: 2014
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Progress in the proposal and designation of sites
Protected areas have taken many forms historically, from medieval hunting reserves, to more modern national parks and nature reserves. These different forms reflected the different needs that protected areas were created to serve, whether it was protecting the resource of wild game, preserving natural beauty or, more recently, safeguarding biodiversity. The last century has seen a great increase in both the number of protected areas and the total surface area that has received protected designation.
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Figure Status of fish stocks in the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) and General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) fishing regions of Europe
The chart shows the proportion of assessed stocks that are overfished (red) and stocks within safe biological limits (blue). The numbers in the circles indicate the number of stocks assessed within the given region. The size of the circles is proportional to the magnitude of the regional catch.
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Figure Existing and proposed protected areas within the Cantabrian Mountains- Pyrenees-Alps Initiative
The map shows protected areas and Natura 2000 areas within the Cantabrian Mountains- Pyrenees-Alps corridor.
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Share of protected areas in selected ecosystems
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Data Nationally designated areas (CDDA)
The European inventory of nationally designated areas holds information about protected areas and the national legislative instruments, which directly or indirectly create protected areas.
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IUCN management categories
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) a protected area can include any area of sea, lakes, rivers or land that has been identified as important for conservation of nature, and managed for this purpose. Some protected areas allow industry, extensive agriculture or fishing to occur within their boundaries, while others prohibit all of these activities.
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