40 years of conserving our shared natural heritage
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Adopted 40 years ago, in 1979, the EU Birds Directive was a truly ground-breaking piece of legislation. It came at a time when international conservation initiatives were still very much in their infancy. Forty years on, and the Birds Directive remains as far-reaching and relevant as ever. It continues to set the standard for bird conservation across now 28 Member States and, together with the Habitats Directive adopted in 1992, forms the bedrock of the EU’s biodiversity policy.