Natura 2000, the EU's network of protected areas and the centerpiece to battle against biodiversity loss and safeguard ecosystem services, has undergone a significant expansion.
Nearly 18,800 square kilometres have been added, including a major addition of marine areas covering 17,000 km² which will increase protection for many endangered marine species.
Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik said: "Natura 2000 is at the moment one of the most effective tools we have ...
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