Protected areas: a key element of Europe's sustainable future
EEA - May 22. 2012:
Europe's protected areas play a key role in protecting biodiversity. But they are also a critical component of the [UTF-8?]continentБ─≥s economy, contributing over EUR 15 billion a year in jobs, food, and other services for the people of Europe. 2012 marks both the 20th anniversary of the most important international multilateral agreement on Biodiversity, the UN's Convention on Biological Diversity and of the most important EU piece of legislation on nature and biodiversity, the EU's Habitats Directive. As today, 22 May, is international biodiversity day, it provides an ideal opportunity to examine the state of protected areas today and the many benefits they provide.
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