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Figure Nationally designated areas (CDDA), site boundaries - status 2013
The map is intended to show the distribution of site boundaries reported for nationally designated areas
Located in Data and maps Maps and graphs
Highlight Our Natural Europe: conservation stories show importance of local action
When fishermen in the Koster Sea in Southern Sweden understood the value of the ecosystems beneath the waves, they voluntarily agreed to change fishing practices. The area became Sweden’s first marine national park in 2006.
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Highlight Octet Stream Is there a protected area near you? Find out on UN Biodiversity Day
Protected areas cover more than one fifth of the land in the 39 countries working with the European Environment Agency (EEA). On International Biodiversity Day, the EEA encourages Europeans to find out more about their closest nature reserve or national park using a new interactive map.
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Folder An overview of Europe's protected areas
The European Environment Agency is compiling data about protected areas in Europe via the data flows on Natura 2000 and Nationally designated areas, reported by the countries. The material and analyses presented on these pages are based on the EEA report "Protected areas in Europe - an overview" from 2012.
Located in Environmental topics Biodiversity
Complementarity between national designations and international networks
The system of protected areas in Europe is complex, and in many cases, there is a complementarity and overlap between different designation‑types at various levels.
Located in Environmental topics An overview of Europe's protected areas Facts and figures
Protected areas
Located in Environmental topics Biodiversity An overview of Europe's protected areas
Directives of the European Union
Environmental policy instruments important for the establishment of protected areas in Europe.
Located in Environmental topics An overview of Europe's protected areas Policy framework
Conventions on European seas
Environmental policy instruments important for the establishment of protected areas in Europe.
Located in Environmental topics An overview of Europe's protected areas Policy framework
Other instruments
Environmental policy instruments important for the establishment of protected areas in Europe.
Located in Environmental topics An overview of Europe's protected areas Policy framework
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
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