16.10.2007

As the selection of sites for the Natura 2000 Network nears completion, attention is increasingly focused on the issue of management in accordance with the provisions of Article 6 of the Habitats Directive. With over 20,000 sites in the Natura 2000 Network, covering almost a fifth of the EU territory, the prospect may seem rather daunting at first. Not only do the ecological requirements of the species and habitats vary significantly from one to another, but the proposed management options must also take account of economic, social and cultural requirements of the area concerned as well as their regional and local characteristics.

In the website of the European Commission, there are selected examples in five different themes " farming, forestry, river management, marine, and wetlands" to illustrate the types of different management processes and solutions that have been used successfully under a wide range of different ecological, social and economic conditions across Europe.

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