In 2015, within the framework of the discussions relating to the Fitness Check of the EU Birds Directive and Habitats Directive, an inventory was made of obstacles and opportunities that Dutch stakeholders had been experiencing in the practice of implementing these directives. Two main approaches in the Netherlands within the field of the Natura 2000-sites were identified. The first approach relates to initiatives to ensure that economic development goes hand-in-hand with ecological restoration in the benefit of the Natura 2000 conservation objectives. The second approach relates to establishing more robust ecosystems in Natura 2000-sites by leaving space for natural processes and/or by implementing nature restoration projects. At the same time the Natura 2000-regime as interpreted by the Court of Justice of the EU (CoJEU) appears to leave limited space for implementing these approaches.
This project focusses on the two dilemmas more thoroughly and consists of a comparative research to study the extent to which other Member States experience these dilemmas and whether these Member States (Austria, Flanders, England) have developed approaches in their domestic implementation legislation and/or in the implementation practice that solve the dilemmas.
|Effective start/end date||1/01/15 → 31/12/17|