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Conventions at the global level
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
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
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 An overview of Europe's protected areas Facts and figures
Share of protected areas in selected ecosystems
Located in Environmental topics An overview of 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 An overview of Europe's protected areas
Distribution maps
Located in Environmental topics An overview of Europe's protected areas Facts and figures
Connectivity across national boundaries
Located in Environmental topics An overview of Europe's protected areas Facts and figures
Folder chemical/x-pdb Management
Located in Environmental topics Biodiversity An overview of Europe's protected areas
Publication Invasive alien species indicators in Europe - a review of Streamlining European Biodiversity (SEBI) Indicator 10
To support the 'Streamlining European 2010 Biodiversity Indicators' (SEBI 2010) process, the European Environment Agency (EEA) commissioned a study to revisit and further develop the indicator 'Invasive alien species in Europe'. The aim of the current project is to critically review and improve this indicator, and propose an updated methodology. Further, options for methodologies of new indicators, which monitor IAS over time across Europe, will be discussed. Particular attention is given to closely linking the indicator(s) to recent biodiversity policy goals and developments.
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Figure Marine Sites of Community Importance (SCIs) in the European Union, December 2009
The map was temporarily removed from public download until sea regions have been approved.
Located in Data and maps Maps and graphs
European Environment Agency (EEA)
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