Marine protected areas under the Marine Strategy Framework Directive
The CDDA 2013 call have additional focus on nationally designated marine areas not otherwise reported under the Natura 2000 Directives or under other international agreements e.g. under the Regional Sea Conventions. The process has been further elaborated in the Commission paper “Marine protected areas under the Marine Strategy Framework Directive” as agreed at the Marine Expert Group meeting on 6th November 2012.
Our natural environment is a key component of our health and wealth. However, our recent assessments show that the majority of habitats and species in Europe have an unfavourable conservation status ...