Nitrogen Deposition and Natura 2000

Book of Proceedings of the COST729 Mid-term workshop

Nitrogen Deposition and Natura 2000
Science & practice in determining environmental impacts

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This book reviews the evidence from across Europe that confirms nitrogen deposition as a major threat to European biodiversity, especially on the Natura 2000, including sensitive habitats and species listed under the Habitats Directive (92/43/EEC). It documents the information presented and discussed at an international workshop on ‘Natura 2000 and Nitrogen Deposition’, held in Brussels in May 2009, to review new evidence of nitrogen impacts, develop best practices when conducting assessments, and recommend options for consideration in future policy development.

The workshop was attended by 73 scientists, conservation practitioners and policy makers from 13 countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Netherlands and the UK. Delegates included representatives from the European Commission DG Environment, and Government departments from EU member states.

The workshop focused on 5 main themes:

  1. Comparison of impact assessment and decision making approaches to determine the N deposition impacts of plans and projects in the context of Habitats Directive Article 6.3 obligations.
  2. Comparison of approaches to assessing and reporting N deposition impacts on conservation status (Habitats Directive Article 17) and discussion of harmonising approaches for future reporting rounds.
  3. New science on the effects of N deposition and concentrations on Natura 2000 sites, including bio-indicators, effects of N-form (e.g., NHx vs NOy), and the relationships between critical thresholds and biodiversity loss.
  4. Approaches to modelling local N deposition and concentrations in the regulatory context of Natura 2000.
  5. Options for future policy development to manage and mitigate the impacts of N deposition effects on the Natura 2000 network.


  • W.K. Hicks - Stockholm Environment Institute, Environment Department, University of York, United Kingdom
  • C.P. Whitfield - Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC), United Kingdom
  • W.J. Bealey - Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Edinburgh Research Station, United Kingdom
  • M.A. Sutton - Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Edinburgh Research Station, United Kingdom
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