Conservation practitioners from 19 European countries have suggested non-binding practical guidelines for the protection and management of coastal and marine sites under the Natura 2000 network being introduced under the EU Habitats directive. Protection of coastal and marine sites is a recognised gap in current actions by member states to implement the directive, which have focused on terrestrial habitats. A three-day conference on the subject ended yesterday in the coastal town of Morecambe, UK, which is the site of an EU-funded pilot project to develop management schemes for marine nature sites. Organised by the Institute for European Environmental Policy, the conference was supported by the UK environment ministry and the European Commission. The draft guidelines discussed at the conference have not been made public, but are expected to be published soon by the European Commission.
UN Economic Commission for Europe, tel: +41 22 734 6011. References: "Trends in Europe and North America".
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