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Article chemical/x-pdb Protected areas: a key element of Europe's sustainable future
Europe's protected areas play a key role in protecting biodiversity. But they are also a critical component of the continent’s economy, contributing over EUR 15 billion a year in jobs, food, and other services for the people of Europe. 2012 marks both the 20th anniversary of the most important international multilateral agreement on Biodiversity, the UN's Convention on Biological Diversity and of the most important EU piece of legislation on nature and biodiversity, the EU's Habitats Directive. As today, 22 May, is international biodiversity day, it provides an ideal opportunity to examine the state of protected areas today and the many benefits they provide.
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Figure Spatial overlap between Natura 2000 and nationally designated sites in Estonia (only terrestrial part), all IUCN categories considered
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Number and size of protected areas
About 1 096 800 km2 or 25 % of the EU 27 terrestrial land are protected under Natura 2000 or national designations or some combination of the two.
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Figure Natura 2000 sites: Biogeographical regions
Data: 2011
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Figure European marine regions and the coverage of Natura 2000 sites
Disclaimer: The marine regions and sub‑regions shown in Map 7.1 and used for generating the statistics in Table 7.1 are identical to MSFD marine regions used for WG DIKE (Working Group on Data, Information and Knowledge Exchange) consultation of EU Member States on the 7 November 2011. A final decision regarding the map was not reached before the publication of this report and changes might occur. The map does not represent any official Member State marine boundaries.
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Figure D source code Progress in the proposal and designation of marine Sites of Community Interest (SCI) in Europe (left), and number of offshore SCIs (right)
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Figure Natura 2000: Birds and Habitats Directives
Data: 2010
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Publication EEA Report 2/2006 - Integration of environment into EU agriculture policy - the IRENA indicator-based assessment report
This report aims to provide a fair reflection of the progress, the achievements and obstacles in the integration of environmental concerns into EU agriculture policy, based on indicators developed in the IRENA operation (see Section 1.3). It also tackles limitations to successful policy implementation at Member State level, and challenges ahead.
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Publication EEA Briefing 1/2006 - Assessing environmental integration in EU agriculture
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Publication Progress towards halting the loss of biodiversity by 2010
This report assesses farmland, forests, freshwater ecosystems, marine and coastal systems, wetlands of international importance and mountain ecosystems in order to provide evidence of progress — or lack of progress — towards the 2010 target of halting the loss of biodiversity.
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