Progress in Marine Conservation in Europe

NATURA 2000 Sites in German Offshore Waters

  • Henning von Nordheim
  • Dieter Boedeker
  • Jochen C. Krause

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Introduction

    1. Pages 1-3
  3. MPAs in the German EEZ — conventions and legal aspects

  4. Site selection procedure

    1. Jochen C. Krause, Dieter Boedeker, Ina Backhausen, Kathrin Heinicke, Annette Groß, Henning von Nordheim
      Pages 65-96
  5. Identification and assessments of habitats

  6. Identification and assessments of sites — fish, mammals and birds

  7. Public awareness and consultation

    1. Annika Wallaschek
      Pages 249-252
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 261-263

About this book


This volume offers insight in the identification and selection procedure of marine protected areas in the German exclusive economic zones (EEZs) of the North - and Baltic Seas. EU Member States are obliged to establish a coherent network of protected areas, consisting of sites identified under the EC Habitats and Birds Directives. The goal of this Natura 2000 network is the conservation of biodiversity on land and in the sea. To fill important gaps in knowledge regarding the presence, abundance, and distribution of certain species and habitats in the German North- and Baltic Seas, the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) initiated a detailed research programme, involving researchers from many renowned German marine research institutes. This book contains the main results of the different projects under this research programme, which formed the basis for the identification and selection of the Natura 2000 sites. Information is given on two NATURA 2000 habitats (sandbanks and reefs), and benthic species, fish, birds and marine mammals, as well as on legal aspects and implementation procedures. Last but not least the book introduces the current status of NATURA 2000 in the German EEZ. Target audience are not only scientists, but also policymakers, environmental organisations and other stakeholders, and the book includes many illustrations.



Conservation Biology Ecology Geology German EEZ Habitats and Birds Directive Marine Research Marine protected areas Natura 2000 Ornithology biodiversity environment reefs

Editors and affiliations

  • Henning von Nordheim
    • 1
  • Dieter Boedeker
    • 1
  • Jochen C. Krause
    • 1
  1. 1.Bundesamt für NaturschutzGerman Federal Agency for Nature ConservationPutbusGermany

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