Europe's Biodiversity Avoids Fatal Setback. Trouwborst, A.; Chapron, G.; Fleurke, F.; Epstein, Y.; and López-Bao, J. V. 355(6321):140.
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[Excerpt] [...] The 1979 Birds Directive and 1992 Habitats Directive have proven instrumental for European nature conservation, contributing to the improved conservation status of many species. Today, more than 1500 species are protected under the Directives, and 18\,% of the European Union's land area and 6\,% of its oceans form part of the Natura 2000 network of protected areas. For these species and sites, the Directives impose legally binding, enforceable obligations on EU member states, as well as limits on potentially harmful human activities. [...] To safeguard and restore European biodiversity, greater emphasis must be placed on enhancing Member State compliance through litigation when necessary. Science-based interpretations of the Directives will also be crucial to the effort in order to ensure correct implementation throughout the EU. Cooperation between wildlife lawyers and other conservation professionals can facilitate these improvements. The momentum to step up such cooperation has never been better. [...]
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  title = {Europe's Biodiversity Avoids Fatal Setback},
  author = {Trouwborst, Arie and Chapron, Guillaume and Fleurke, Floor and Epstein, Yaffa and López-Bao, José V.},
  date = {2017-01},
  journaltitle = {Science},
  volume = {355},
  pages = {140},
  issn = {1095-9203},
  doi = {10.1126/science.aam6200},
  url = {http://mfkp.org/INRMM/article/14251394},
  abstract = {[Excerpt] [...] The 1979 Birds Directive and 1992 Habitats Directive have proven instrumental for European nature conservation, contributing to the improved conservation status of many species. Today, more than 1500 species are protected under the Directives, and 18\,\% of the European Union's land area and 6\,\% of its oceans form part of the Natura 2000 network of protected areas. For these species and sites, the Directives impose legally binding, enforceable obligations on EU member states, as well as limits on potentially harmful human activities. [...] To safeguard and restore European biodiversity, greater emphasis must be placed on enhancing Member State compliance through litigation when necessary. Science-based interpretations of the Directives will also be crucial to the effort in order to ensure correct implementation throughout the EU. Cooperation between wildlife lawyers and other conservation professionals can facilitate these improvements. The momentum to step up such cooperation has never been better. [...]},
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