About the Habitats Directive
The Habitats Directive (together with the Birds Directive) forms the cornerstone of Europe’s nature conservation policy.
It is built around two pillars: the Natura 2000 network of protected sites and the strict system of species protection. All in all the directive protects over 1.000 animals and plant species and over 200 so called “habitat types” (e.g. special types of forests, meadows, wetlands, etc.), which are of European importance.
Since the late 1980s FACE had been actively involved in the different stages leading to the 1992 adoption of the Habitats Directive (which had not been the case some 15 years earlier for the Birds Directive). This engagement has certainly played a role in the fundamentally different approach towards conservation of wild species between these two legal instrument.
More on the Habitats Directive: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/nature/legislation/habitatsdirective/index_en.htm
See the Commission’s Brochure on 20 Years of the Habitats Directive – features hunters as a force for good p.54: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/nature/pdf/20yrs_brochure.pdf