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Nature Conservation Collection

Although major improvements in the conservation of biodiversity have been made in recent decades, the world is falling well short of ending - far less reversing - the catastrophic degradation of biodiversity over past centuries. The dominant legal approach is to rely on “command and control” mechanisms to prevent harmful activities. These focus on identifying particular native species and introducing laws making it a crime to kill, capture, or harm them. Areas of land of particular value are also designated, and controls imposed on activities that might have an adverse effect on them.

Such measures inevitably come into conflict with other interests and there are tensions in seeking reconciliation or determining priorities. At the same time further challenges are posed by responding to the dynamic nature of our environment, by our changing understanding of “biodiversity” and from the growing interest in utilising a wider range of legal approaches to assist conservation. The articles listed below highlight some aspects of how the law is dealing with our relationship with nature and biodiversity.

All articles listed below will be free to read online until the end of October 2016.

The Birds Directive 15 Years Later: A Survey of the Case Law and a Comparison with the Habitats Directive
Wouter P. J. Wils
(1994) 6 (2): 219-242

The European Commission's Opinions under Article 6(4) of the Habitats Directive
Ludwig Krämer
(2009) 21 (1): 59-85

International Nature Conservation Law and the Adaptation of Biodiversity to Climate Change: a Mismatch?
Arie Trouwborst
(2009) 21 (3): 419-442

Managing the Carnivore Comeback: International and EU Species Protection Law and the Return of Lynx, Wolf and Bear to Western Europe
Arie Trouwborst
(2010) 22 (3): 347-372

The Privatisation of Biodiversity? Possible New Approaches to Nature Conservation Law in the UK
Colin T. Reid
(2011) 23 (2): 203-231

Compensating Biodiversity Loss: The EU Commission’s Approach to Compensation under Article 6 of the Habitats Directive
Donald McGillivray
(2012) 24 (3): 417-450

Legitimacy Issues in Finnish Wolf Conservation
Suvi Borgström
(2012) 24 (3): 451-476

Allocation of Decision-Making Power under the Habitats Directive
Emma Lees
First published online: February 17, 2016

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