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“An action plan to improve the protection of nature and biodiversity in the EU, unveiled by the Commission Thursday, is aimed at helping European regions reap economic benefits from nature protection. The Plan consists of 15 actions to be carried out by 2019 to rapidly improve the implementation of the Birds and Habitats Directives, which are the EU’s flagship nature policies.

The Directives establish the largest coordinated network of biodiversity-rich protected areas in the world (Natura 2000 network), covering more 18% of land and 6% of sea in the EU. The protected areas alone contribute between 1.7 and 2.5% to EU GDP through the provision of ecosystem services such as carbon storage, water purification, pollination and tourism…”

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