Key topics for reaching the EU 2020 Biodiversity Target in France
‘Docobs’ are locally efficient in raising awareness and dealing with “simple” ecological issues, when sites are given adequate funding to do the job: consultation/operating the sites (up to 1,5 full time job per site, depending on its size), including awareness raising (by far the best result of the ‘Docobs’), ecological management (mitigated results, see below) and ecological monitoring. Examples of simple ecological systems where the Docob is effective are the restoration of an area of calcareous grassland or a peatbog, or the protection/management of cavities for bats.
The management system, however, is based on a “voluntary” process even if the production of a Docob is legally binding. Results for important/urgent ecological issues are few or non-existent. There is a need for a real mandatory/coercive system able to stop degradation and destruction that still continues in most sites (lack of tools and, when tools exist, lack of manpower for enforcement).
Additionally, ‘Docobs’ are inadequate to deal with complex ecological issues which need to be handled at a national or international policy level (e.g. agriculture, water, infrastructures).
 For further information see the following links : http://pc70valcharente.n2000.fr/Anglade_restauration_Natura2000 or http://pc70valcharente.n2000.fr/action_partenaires_Val_Charente)