Factsheet: Habitat directive (Dir. 92/43/EEC)

Habitat directive (Dir. 92/43/EEC)

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Full name of Instrument & Measure (English): 
Habitats Directive - Council Directive 92/43/EEC of 21 May 1992 on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora
Description: 
The aim of this Directive is to contribute towards ensuring bio-diversity through the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora in the European territory of the Member States to which the Treaty applies. It is built around two pillars: the Natura 2000 network of protected sites (Special Areas of Conservation) and the strict system of species protection. All in all the directive protects over 1.000 animals and plant species and over 200 so called "habitat types" (e.g. special types of forests, meadows, wetlands, etc.), which are of European importance.
Goal/Aim: 
Protect biodiversity and ecosystem services.
Responsible Authority: 
DG Environment

Status:

Year Instrument & Measure Started: 
1992
Year Last Instrument & Measure was last Amended: 
2013