Nature Legislation - Fit for purpose and in need of action

Posted on 19 November 2015    
Nature Legislation: fit for purpose and in need of action
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The Birds and Habitats Directives form the backbone of nature conservation in Europe and have led to the establishment of the Natura 2000 network of protected areas, covering 18% of Europe’s land and 6% of its seas. 

The European Commission is currently carrying out an evaluation (so-called “Fitness Check”) of the Birds and Habitats Directives and is considering revising them.  

This process must not tamper with the existing legal texts but should instead be used as an opportunity to:  
1. Ensure that EU nature legislation is fully and effectively implemented and enforced across all EU member states;
2. Improve coherence between biodiversity and relevant sectoral policies (e.g. agriculture, forest, energy);
3. Invest in nature via more biodiversity friendly financial and fiscal policies;
4. Ensure effective transparency and public participation to allow people and nature to work together.

  Nature Legislation - Fit for purpose and in need of action The European Commission is currently carrying out an evaluation of the Birds and Habitats Directives and is considering revising them. This is what WWF and other NGOs believe should be done instead to better protect nature in Europe.