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Nature Protection and Biodiversity

Stringent international, EU and national legislation for flora and fauna species protection and habitat conservation has a significant impact on many types of businesses.

It also represents a potential opportunity, with growing policy and market moves towards methods of valuing the economic capital of biodiversity.

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. At the same time, forward looking companies may also be interested in taking advantage of market measures to monetise the natural capital of land and ecosystems within their control.

Members of the International Environment, Climate and Regulatory 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.

News & insights

People walking in the lobby of a large office building

Publications: 20 January 2022

The European Parliament’s wish list on the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM)

On 21 December 2021, the European Parliament’s (EP) Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (the Committee) published its Draft Report on the proposal for a Regulation of the…

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Publications: 04 January 2022

Polish hydrogen strategy

New opportunities for the development of a low carbon hydrogen economy in Poland

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Publications: 24 December 2021

Counting Carbon: The European Commission’s vision on carbon removals

As 2021 draws to a close, the European Commission (EC) has been busy. On 15 December 2021, it adopted several new documents in relation to environmental protection in the widest sense.

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overhead shot of a mining quarry

Publications: 24 December 2021

Towards enforcement of the EU Conflict Minerals Regulation in Belgium

Although the EU Conflict Minerals Regulation no. 2017/821 of 17 May 20171 (the CMR) entered into force on 1 January 2021, there has been no sign of any national enforcement system in Belgium so far.…

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