The nature directives

 

Summary of the issue

Pillars of EU nature legislation, the Birds and Habitats Directives underpin EU efforts to halt biodiversity loss and describe the world’s largest network of protected areas – Natura 2000. The European Commission is evaluating these directives to ensure that they are ‘fit for purpose’ with potential repercussions for their implementation, their effectiveness, and ultimately their impact on other policy areas.

Why it’s important

Natura 2000 is home to Europe’s most threatened species and habitats, and includes 18% of EU land area, around 40% of which is farmland; consequently, farmland and wildlife share an intimate relationship with complicated interactions and interdependencies which demand a holistic approach to their management. ECPA recognises the need for effective and complementary biodiversity and agricultural policies that enable farmers to optimise production whilst making sustainable use of natural resources and protecting habitats and biodiversity.

Discover more

The European Index for Sustainable Agricultural Productivity (INSPIA) project promotes agricultral practices beneficial to biodiversity. Discover the basics on this website, or visit the INSPIA website for in-depth coverage.

Supporting documents

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    Pesticides and biodiversity: Agricultural productivity and biodiversity conservation (Report)

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    Pesticides and freshwater biodiversity: Agricultural productivity and water protection (Report)

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    Pollinators and agriculture: Agricultural productivity and pollinator protection (Report)

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    Multifunctional role of field margins in arable farming (Report)

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Contact

Contact
Gavin Whitmore
Senior Manager Biodiversity & Communication