Completion of the UK Network of SACs for Marine
The UK is nearing completion of the marine SAC
network. Following recent submissions of several marine SACs, the
UK anticipates that the marine SAC network for marine
habitats is now substantially complete. The UK contribution to
the network will be assessed in due course by the European
Commission at the Atlantic marine region biogeographic
Whilst the assessment of Member States' contributions to the
network is conducted by the Commission, in order to effectively
advise Government on a suitable number and range of sites to
propose to the Commission, JNCC has considered the network in a
whole UK context, and to a more limited extent, in a wider European
context. A paper
discussing progress towards completion of the UK SAC network
was approved by JNCC Committee in 2013.
JNCC has conducted the network analysis by examining three
principles, as laid out in Article 3 of the Habitats Directive.
These are the principles of:
- Natural range;
See SAC selection process and guidance
page for further information.