Spatial planning plays an important role for the implementation of the Natura 2000 network by ensuring synergy between different land uses and the avoidance of land use conflicts.
A number of European policy documents indicate that spatial planning which reconciles nature conservation with other policies' objectives can be a useful tool for implementing the EU nature legislation. However, a thorough exploration of the potential role of spatial planning and its instruments for the implementation of Natura 2000 has not yet been made either at EU or Member State level. In order to bridge this knowledge gap, this study provides an insight into the role and functions of spatial planning policies at EU and Member State level in relation to Natura 2000 and Nature Directives more generally. The key areas of analysis in this study are the notion and rationale of spatial planning, its instruments and governance processes, the current and potential mechanisms for integration of Natura 2000 in spatial planning processes and in sectoral policies, the legal frameworks, cross border-cooperation and relevant spatial planning technologies.
- The potential of spatial planning for the protection and management of the Natura 2000 network (1,17 mb)
- Planning New Residential Development in Sensitive Coastal Locations (1,41 mb)
- Lessons learned: Best practices from the case study analysis (495,8 kb)
- Lessons learned on the Dutch Multi-Annual Defragmentation Program (927,76 kb)
- A concrete example of crossborder cooperation for green infrastructures (1,15 mb)
- Bird sensitivity maps and wind farm development in Bulgaria (1,89 mb)
- Cohesion policy support for environmental protection (502,13 kb)
- Spatial planning and biodiversity strategy (843,77 kb)
- State of play of modern technologies used in spatial planning (11,41 mb)
- Towards an integrated spatial planning approach for Natura 2000 (4,36 mb)