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Figure Overview of protected areas as recorded in the World Database on Protected Areas
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Figure Percentage of CDDA coverage per IUCN category; left: % of the number of sites; right: % of area
Sites in the database without a management category are excluded
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Figure Percentage of coastal surface covered by Natura 2000 designated areas
Refers to 10 km zone for terrestrial and for marine side, respectively.
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Figure D source code Percentage of marine waters covered by Natura 2000
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Figure Percentage of Natura 2000 site area not protected under national instruments per EU Member State
Percentage of Natura 2000 site area not protected under national instruments per EU Member State
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Figure Percentage of terrestrial protected areas in EU‑27
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Figure Percentage of the coastal zone within 10 km of the shoreline protected by Natura 2000 sites per NUTS3 region in the EU-27
The highest proportion of coastal zone covered by Natura 2000 sites is located on Germany's Baltic coast, the Baltic States coast, Denmark's western coast, Ireland's north-western coast, France's eastern Atlantic coast, western and south-western of the Iberian Peninsula, coast of Almeria, northern Catalan coast, northern and central Adriatic coast of Italy, western Crete and Thrace (Greece).
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Policy framework
European policy regarding protected areas is mostly the product of initiatives from two main sources: the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, and the European Union itself. However, other international conventions have also been promoting the creation of protected areas e.g. Ramsar Convention, World Heritage Convention, Bonn Convention.
Located in Environmental topics Biodiversity An overview of Europe's protected areas
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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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.
Located in Environmental topics An overview of Europe's protected areas Facts and figures
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