Stringent international, EU and national legislation for flora and fauna species protection and habitat conservation has a significant impact on many types of businesses.
Projects in or near the EU-wide Natura 2000 network of protected areas may be subject to specific permitting regimes or restrictive conditions. Even existing businesses may be impacted by the presence of protected species.
Members of the Global Environmental Law Group in Allen & Overy's international network of offices are well-placed to assist with what is often considered one of the most complex and detailed areas of environmental law, advising on both the international framework and the national implementing legislation for nature protection. Recent experiences include advice to and risk assessments for power and infrastructure projects, both nationally and in cross- and near-border contexts.