The Rio Summit has pointed to the urgency for the development of an international conservation policy; and the post-Maastricht debates in Europe have highlighted the need for the EU to reassess structural funding in nature conservation, as well as the influences on policy and practice.
This book is a 'route map' through the legislative and policy frameworks and explains how conservation works in Europe. It goes through the policies for nature conservation in the European Community and its constituent member states and sets out the mechanisms for delivering this policy.
An understanding of the European legislative framework is now vital as its influence on local practice increases. Practitioners in the fields of countryside conservation and general land management will find the book an essential guide to the working of the EU, as well as helping an appreciation of their local role within the wider community objectives. This will, for example allow a better understanding of the grant system which many managers are now using.
Table of Contents
Part One: Europe and the world. Introduction. Europe and the environment. The European Economic Community. European legislation. Europe and the world. Part Two: The European member states. Introduction. Nature conservation in member states. Part Three: Summary and conclusions. Introduction. New perspectives. Conclusions. Index.
'I cannot recommend the book enough...It is a masterly summary of the position up to 1995 and forms a terrific base-line for anyone who wants to get to grips with the often little-understood position of the EU vis a vis nature conservation.' - Libarary Review
'In the constant quest for strong effective statutory protection for nature and natural systems, many who despair of their national government's ability and commitment turn hopefully to the European Union. Before doing so in the future they should familiarise themselves with the contents of this book' - Local Government Studies, Autumn 1999