Conservation of Marine Protected Species in Mainland Portugal

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LIFE is the European Commission's financial instrument exclusively dedicated to supporting environmental and nature conservation projects. The acronym LIFEcomes from the name in French: L'Instrument Financier de l'Environment. The program was launched in 1992, and in 2007 it became the LIFE+ Program, which will continue until 2013.

The protection of the environment is a key element for the EU's sustainable development, and therefore is a priority for community co-financing. The projects financed by LIFE+ must contribute to the specific objectives of its three theme environments: Nature and Biodiversity, Environmental Governance Policies, and Information and Communication.

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Natura 2000 Natura 2000 is the centrepiece of EU nature & biodiversity policy. It is an EUwide network of nature protection areas established under the 1992 Habitats Directive. The aim of the network is to assure the long-term survival of Europe's most valuable and threatened species and habitats. It is comprised of Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) designated by Member States under the Habitats Directive, and also incorporates Special Protection Areas (SPAs) which they designate under the 1979 Birds Directive. Natura 2000 is not a system of strict nature reserves where all human activities are excluded. Whereas the network will certainly include nature reserves most of the land is likely to continue to be privately owned and the emphasis will be on ensuring that future management is sustainable, both ecologically and economically.The establishment of theis network of protected areas also fulfills a Community obligation under the UN Convention on Biological Diversity. More Information


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