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A legal-ecological understanding of favorable conservation status for species in Europe

Epstein, Yaffa and López-Bao, José Vicente and Chapron, Guillaume (2015). A legal-ecological understanding of favorable conservation status for species in Europe. Conservation Letters. 9:2, 81-88
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/conl.12200

Abstract

Legislation for the preservation of biodiversity has been instrumental to the recovery of multiple species and habitats. The European Habitats Directive 92/43/EEC is one of the strongest legal tools in nature conservation. This Directive seeks to achieve its biodiversity goals by requiring EU Member States to take measures to reach or maintain favorable conservation status (FCS) of natural habitats and species in Europe. FCS is a legal concept, but must be understood and applied by scientists, managers, and policy makers, and therefore a proper interpretation of this concept is crucial for biodiversity conservation and wildlife management. However, its definition contains several aspects that can lead to misinterpretation, forming the core of controversies in determining whether or not populations have reached FCS. In this review, we provide legal and ecological clarifications of the most contested aspects of FCS that have not yet been conclusively settled by analyzing and weighing a variety of sources.

Authors/Creators:Epstein, Yaffa and López-Bao, José Vicente and Chapron, Guillaume
Title:A legal-ecological understanding of favorable conservation status for species in Europe
Series/Journal:Conservation Letters (1755-263X)
Year of publishing :2015
Volume:9
Number:2
Page range:81-88
Number of Pages:8
Publisher:Wiley Periodicals
ISSN:1755-263X
Language:English
Publication Type:Article Review/Survey
Refereed:Yes
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:D Administration and legislation > D50 Legislation
L Animal production > L20 Animal ecology
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 106 Biological Sciences (Medical to be 3 and Agricultural to be 4) > Ecology
Agrovoc terms:biodiversity conversation, environmental legislation, wildlife management
Keywords:environmental law, favorable conservation status, FCS, habitats directive, recovery
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-3571
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-3571
Additional ID:
Type of IDID
Web of Science (WoS)000374778600001
ID Code:13529
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Ecology
(S) > Dept. of Ecology
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:01 Aug 2016 12:16
Metadata Last Modified:01 Aug 2016 12:16

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