|BirdLife position on management plans for Special Protected Areas (SPAs)
SPA Management Plans: the best way to guarantee the adoption of special conservation measures required by the Birds Directive
The Birds Directive requires the adoption of special conservation measures in Special Protection Areas, with the aim of ensuring bird survival and reproduction and maintaining these sites in favourable conservation status. These measures cannot be simply voluntary or coercive in nature but must instead have a strong legal basis and be widely publicised. With the aim of complying with all of the requirements of the Birds and Habitats Directives, BirdLife International considers that it is necessary to approve appropriate management plans which are site-specific or integrated within other development plans which include, as a minimum, special conservation measures to maintain these areas in favourable conservation status. For SPAs, these plans should be based on ornithological and other scientific criteria and should be prepared with sufficient publicity and public participation. To guarantee their success, these plans should be approved with sufficient legal force to override other sectoral policies.
What should a Management Plan be?
Full BirdLife position:
Sophie Herbert, Sophie.herbert(at)birdlife.org
Octavio Infante, oinfante(at)seo.org
NABU (BirdLife partner in Germany)
Claus Mayr, Claus.Mayr(at)NABU.de