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Stretching over 18 % of the EU’s land area and almost 9,5% % of its marine territory, it is the largest coordinated network of protected areas in the world. It offers a haven to Europe's most valuable and threatened species and habitats.
'Brexit is very bad news for conservation breeding,' says Sander Hofman, general curator of Antwerp Zoo
Did you know that many of our environmental laws - from how we manage our fisheries, to standards on marine pollution, to how we protect many species and habitats - come from the European Union?
A report commissioned by Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland
EU laws that have protected hundreds of conservation sites and the species that live in them for decades could be watered down or lost with the EU withdrawal bill.
The EU offered protection to everything from the harbour porpoise to hen harriers. Now, the future of UK conservation law is uncertain.
Island ministers 'yet to see any firm proposals' on UK replacement funding.
'We have very few pots of money open to us. The EU has stepped up to try to address this void and we are worried that Brexit will take us backwards'
A European Commission evaluation report published last week concluded that the Council Directive 1999/22/EC (known as the “Zoo Directive”) fits for purpose and plays a crucial role with regard to conservation of biodiversity.
Under European Union regulations, zoos across the bloc can transfer animals to one another as part of a coordinated breeding programme aimed at maintaining genetically healthy populations of endangered species.