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Towards cost-effective indicators to maintain Natura 2000 sites in favourable conservation status. Preliminary results from Cansiglio and New Forest

E Cantarello (1)   , A Newton (2)

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 1, Issue 1, Pages 75-80 (2008)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor0410-0010075
Published: Feb 28, 2008 - Copyright © 2008 SISEF

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Natura 2000 is a coherent ecological network of special areas, designated under the Habitat and Birds EEC Directives, to assist in the maintenance of biodiversity in the European territory. It is now widely recognised that one of the most effective ways to maintain biodiversity is to preserve habitats in a favourable conservation status as required of Member States by the Habitat Directive. As a consequence, approaches are needed to define when habitats are of favourable conservation status and to assess the maintenance or the restoration of this condition. This could be partly achieved through the selection of appropriate indicators of favourable conservation status. Once such indicators have been identified and tested, they could be used for monitoring the impact of managing Natura 2000 sites, and could assist in achieving policy goals. Although many indicators have been proposed, particularly for forested habitats, few have been adequately field tested. Little research has been undertaken to identify indicators that are cost-effective, a key characteristic given that resources for habitat assessment and monitoring are often limited. Therefore, this research aims both to identify appropriate indicators to maintain favourable conservation status, and to evaluate their relative cost-effectiveness for two selected Natura 2000 sites: the Cansiglio Forest (North Italy) and the New Forest (South England). The following will highlight the results of the preliminary research.Natura 2000 is a coherent ecological network of special areas, designated under the Habitat and Birds EEC Directives, to assist in the maintenance of biodiversity in the European territory. It is now widely recognised that one of the most effective ways to maintain biodiversity is to preserve habitats in a favourable conservation status as required of Member States by the Habitat Directive. As a consequence, approaches are needed to define when habitats are of favourable conservation status and to assess the maintenance or the restoration of this condition. This could be partly achieved through the selection of appropriate indicators of favourable conservation status. Once such indicators have been identified and tested, they could be used for monitoring the impact of managing Natura 2000 sites, and could assist in achieving policy goals. Although many indicators have been proposed, particularly for forested habitats, few have been adequately field tested. Little research has been undertaken to identify indicators that are cost-effective, a key characteristic given that resources for habitat assessment and monitoring are often limited. Therefore, this research aims both to identify appropriate indicators to maintain favourable conservation status, and to evaluate their relative cost-effectiveness for two selected Natura 2000 sites: the Cansiglio Forest (North Italy) and the New Forest (South England). The following will highlight the results of the preliminary research.

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Indicators, Biodiversity, Natura 2000, Forest habitats

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(1)
E Cantarello
Dipartimento Territorio e Sistemi Agro-Forestali, Università di Padova, viale dell’Università 16, 35020 Legnaro (PD - Italy)
(2)
A Newton
School of Conservation Sciences, Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus Fern Barrow, Poole Dorset, BH12 5BB (United Kingdom)

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Cantarello E, Newton A (2008). Towards cost-effective indicators to maintain Natura 2000 sites in favourable conservation status. Preliminary results from Cansiglio and New Forest. iForest 1: 75-80. - doi: 10.3832/ifor0410-0010075

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Received: Jan 09, 2006
Accepted: Nov 06, 2006

First online: Feb 28, 2008
Publication Date: Feb 28, 2008
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