70% of original IBA sites identified by experts have been designated as an SPA.
The terrestrial sites initially proposed by experts for SCI designation represented > 20% of France’s land surface.
The current French network represents 12% of French territory. Many potential sites have not been fully designated due to political, economic, and social pressure.
|Conservation||France has developed a specific Management Plan system: a “Docob” (document of objectives) which is developed for each site. Almost all sites now have a developed Docob adopted by stakeholders.
From 1998 to 2011, the implementation of these management plans was a political and financial priority for the French government. The sites had an adequate budget for the work: consultation, awareness raising, management (between 0,5 et 1,5 full time job per site, depending on its size) and ecological monitoring (2-3 months/year on large sites).
However, due to the strictly voluntary character of the implementation of these plans, overall uptake of management measures has not been very successful. Recently, budgetary restrictions have resulted in reduction in work on these Natura 2000 sites which will have a negative impact in the long term.
There is insufficient use of the LIFE programme by actors other than NGOs.
Recently (2012) funding has been insufficient due to budgetary restrictions for site management and for the implementation of management plans, or for survey work to evaluate the impact of the conservation actions.
Recent budgetary restrictions will result in a negative impact on what little but conclusive results had been achieved so far in Natura 2000.
 The number of Natura 2000 sites with management plans has increased but the available budget for management has remained the same resulting in less money per site This situation is likely to last until 2015, providing little hope for good conservation results on the ground.