Comparison of costs and benefits of investing in nature conservation in the UK and available EU funding for Natura 2000
- The terrestrial Natura 2000 network covers 7.2% of the total area of the UK and its citizens make over 2.5 billion visits to natural sites per year.
- The UK’s biodiversity is very distinctive in Europe due to its geographical and climatic conditions. For example, the UK holds 10% of the total peat bogs in Europe.
- The Environment Agency estimates that water pollution from agriculture costs between EUR 565.3 and 1107.8 million (GBP 445 and 872 million) per year in England and Wales.
- The total costs of meeting the biodiversity priorities for all of the UK’s OCTs are estimated at EUR 1.85 million (GBP 1.45 million) per year over five years.