10 messages for 2010 — Protected areas

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Courtesy of European Environment Agency (EEA)

Key messages

  • Protected areas provide a wide range of services in a context of increasing pressures and a rapidly changing environment.
  • Europe is the region with the greatest number of protected areas in the world but they are relatively small in size.
  • Europe's Natura 2000, unique in the world and still young, and the Emerald network under development, are international European networks of protected areas that catalyse biodiversity conservation.

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