Skip to content
Sub practice
Sub practice

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 Global Environmental 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

The EU Commission’s Hydrogen Strategy: A turning point?

Publications: 09 JULY 2020

The EU Commission’s Hydrogen Strategy: A turning point?

On 8 July 2020, the Commission published its “strategic roadmap” for “building a hydrogen economy for a climate-neutral Europe”. This is one of the key actions of the EU “Green Deal” initially…

Read more

Publications: 04 JUNE 2020

Environmental priorities at the heart of Europe’s Covid-19 coronavirus Recovery Plan

Last week, the European Commission unveiled a EUR750 billion plan to help the European Union recover from the Covid-19 pandemic (the Recovery Plan)1.  Touted as “Europe’s moment”, the Commission has…

Read more

Publications: 20 MAY 2020

How will the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic affect the European ESG agenda?

The Covid-19 coronavirus crisis has brought into sharp focus the immediate economic priorities for governments and businesses. Where does this leave the environmental, social and governance (ESG)…

Read more
Exterior of modern buildings

Publications: 18 MARCH 2020

European commission publishes draft climate law: Europe’s “man on the moon” moment?

On 4 March 2020, the European Commission (the Commission) published a draft EU climate law, along with inception impact assessments for an EU carbon border adjustment mechanism and revisions to the…

Read more

Recognition