What Science Can Tell Us 7

Natura 2000 and forests: Assessing the state of implementation and effectiveness

What Science Can Tell Us 7, 2017 

Metodi Sotirov (editor)

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Forests are of crucial importance for Natura 2000, the EU-wide ecological network of protected areas. Nearly 25% of the total forest area in the EU is part of the network, but knowledge about how Natura 2000 is implemented in forests, and its effects on biodiversity, forest management and other land uses across the EU is fragmented.

‘Natura 2000 and forests: Assessing the state of implementation and effectiveness’, bridges this gap in knowledge. It looks from policy, economic and ecological perspectives at the monitoring of forest biodiversity in Europe, as well as the challenges, achievements, effectiveness and efficiency of the implementation of Natura 2000 in forests in the EU. The study also provides recommendations to support decision making in policy and practice.

This work and publication has been financed by EFI’s Multi-Donor Trust Fund for policy support, which is supported by the Governments of Austria, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Spain and Sweden.

Publication date: 21 September 2017

ISBN 978-952-5980-37-0 (printed)
ISBN 978-952-5980-38-7 (pdf)