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How special is a ‘Special Area of Conservation?

How special is a ‘Special Area of Conservation?

With proposals being put forward to open up a Welsh Special Area of Conservation sparking controversy, I ask - What is so special about a Special Area of Conservation anyway?

Canada’s marine protected areas protect…. not very much

Canada’s marine protected areas protect…. not very much

Current levels of protection inside Canada’s MPAs [marine protected areas] are inadequate to provide the long-term conservation of marine biodiversity. For the most part, there is little difference between what is allowed inside our MPAs and what occurs outside their boundaries”. Little difference… that’s a pretty damning statement from the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS).