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Agriculture and Conservation in the Natura 2000 Network: A Sustainable Development Approach of the European Union

Agriculture and Conservation in the Natura 2000 Network: A Sustainable Development Approach of the European Union
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Author(s): Cristian Ioja (University of Bucharest, Romania), Laurentiu Rozylowicz (University of Bucharest, Romania), Maria Patroescu (University of Bucharest, Romania), Mihai Nita (University of Bucharest, Romania) and Diana Onose (University of Bucharest, Romania)
Copyright: 2011
Pages: 20
Source title: Agricultural and Environmental Informatics, Governance and Management: Emerging Research Applications
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Zacharoula Andreopoulou (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece), Basil Manos (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece), Nico Polman (Wageningen University, The Netherlands) and Davide Viaggi (University of Bologna, Italy)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-621-3.ch018

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Abstract

The Natura 2000 network represents a new approach in the sustainable spatial planning promoted at the European Union level. Agricultural landscapes comprise 28.6% of the surface area of the Natura 2000 sites, many of which have significant conservation values. Plant and animal species, and approximately 30% of the natural habitats of community interest are directly influenced by the presence of certain agricultural activities. This chapter presents a GIS analysis of the European Union Natura 2000 ecological network: spatial distribution of Natura 2000 sites in EU-27, dynamic agricultural surfaces in Natura 2000 sites, and GIS tools in managing process. GIS techniques must represent the tool by which the efficiency of this ecological network is monitored, as it must be permanently nourished with important financial resources.

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