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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 Europe's protected areas Facts and figures
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.
Located in Environmental topics Europe's protected areas Facts and figures
Share of protected areas in selected ecosystems
Located in Environmental topics Europe's protected areas Facts and figures
Management of protected areas
The links below provide information, guidance, and best practice on management of protected areas.
Located in Environmental topics Biodiversity Europe's protected areas
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.
Located in Environmental topics Europe's protected areas Facts and figures
Distribution maps
Located in Environmental topics Europe's protected areas Facts and figures
Connectivity across national boundaries
Located in Environmental topics Europe's protected areas Facts and figures
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Located in Environmental topics Biodiversity Europe's protected areas
Figure Nationally designated areas (CDDA) site centre points - status 2012
The map shows the CDDA site centre points and countries where site centre points are public available, countries where some site centres are having restrictions and countries where site points have restrictions for all sites
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Figure Nationally designated areas (CDDA), 2010 - site centre points
The map shows the site centre points reported for nationally designated areas
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