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Natura 2000 is the centrepiece of EU nature & biodiversity policy. It is an EU wide network of nature protection areas. Its aim is to assure the long-term survival of Europe's most valuable & threatened species and habitats. It is not a system of strict nature reserves where all human activities are excluded. Most of the land is likely to continue to be privately owned and the emphasis will be on sustainable management - ecologically and economically. It fulfills an EC obligation under the UN CBD
Natural green space
Land, water and geological features - naturally colonized by plants and animals and which are accessible on foot to large number of residents: sites awaiting redevelopment, land alongside water-ways, transport and service corridors, tracts of ’encapsulated countryside’ such as woodlands, scrub, heathlands, ponds, ditches, rivers, lakes and reservoirs, less intensively managed parts of parks, school grounds, sports pitches, cemeteries, incidental pocket-sized plots along roads etc.
English Nature Research Reports N 153. Accessible natural green space in town and cities: A review of appropriate size and distance criteria. Guidance for the preparation of strategies for local sustainability, 1995.
Natural and semi-natural habitats within or adjoining an urban area
Government programme to narrow the gap between rich and poor communities involving physical, economic and social recovery of deprived areas. Most recently reflected in the National Strategy for neighbourhood renewal.
Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO)
Any voluntary citizens' group that is organized on a local, national or international level. Perform a variety of humanitarian functions, bring citizen concerns to governments, advocate and monitor policies and encourage political participation through provision of information. Some are organized around specific issues, such as human rights, environment or health. They provide analysis and expertise, serve as early warning mechanisms and help monitor and implement international agreements.
Any society, association or organisation not carried out for the profit or gain of any member and whose rules do not allow money, property or any other benefits to be distributed to any of its members.