The conservation of biodiversity in Europe is defined by Directive 92/43/EEC — commonly known as the Habitats Directive — relating to the conservation of natural habitats and of wild flora and fauna. This Directive established the creation of an ecological network of European protected areas — the Natura 2000 network — and also recognizes the need to manage these areas to maintain their “favorable conservation status.” This paper proposes adapted criteria to use to assess conservation status of habitat types at the site level. The current conservation status of habitats was assessed by using the following criteria: (1) distribution area of habitats at site, (2) degree of conservation of the structure, (3) prospects for the future, and (4) restoration possibility. This methodology was applied in a Special Nature Reserve, “Zasavica,” located by the Sava River in Serbia, and is intended to serve as a useful tool for a management planning process, because it can provide an assessment of the conservation status of each of the habitat types for which a site was designated. This will provide a scientific basis on which to establish recommendations for setting the management objectives and for the practical management of a designated site.
You have requested a machine translation of selected content from our databases. This functionality is provided solely for your convenience and is in no way intended to replace human translation. Neither BioOne nor the owners and publishers of the content make, and they explicitly disclaim, any express or implied representations or warranties of any kind, including, without limitation, representations and warranties as to the functionality of the translation feature or the accuracy or completeness of the translations.
Translations are not retained in our system. Your use of this feature and the translations is subject to all use restrictions contained in the Terms and Conditions of Use of the BioOne website.
Vol. 31 • No. 4