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Selection Criteria and Guiding Principles for Selection of Special Areas of Conservation (SACS) for Marine Annex I Habitats and Annex II Species in the UK 2009

Marine Protected Areas

Abstract

The selection criteria and guiding principles for selection of Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) for marine Annex I habitats and Annex II species in the UK, for the setting up of a coherent European ecological network of SACs. The principles of sufficiency, natural range and proportionality indicate that the number and area of SACs selected by Member States should aim to contribute significantly to maintaining or restoring favourable conservation status of the habitats and species concerned, and be in proportion to the occurrence of that habitat or species within the Member State’s territory. The specific criteria for the selection of sites eligible for designation as Special Areas of Conservation are set out in Annex III of the Directive and are outlined in this paper.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2009·05·01

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This document sets out the selection criteria and guiding principles for selecting SACs for marine Annex I habitats and Annex II species in the UK.

Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC author

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2019·09·24

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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