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The Law of Nature Conservation

Provides a comprehensive examination of UK nature conservation law, for academics, legal practitioners, researchers, and members of the environmental policy community
Explains the interface between nature conservation law and science, and between the law and economic instruments for promoting nature conservation in practice
Includes a thorough analysis of the new legislation on Marine Conservation Zones and their designation in the UK

By: Christopher P Rodgers (Author)

337 pages, b/w illustrations

Oxford University Press

Hardback | Mar 2013 | #205692 | ISBN-13: 9780199543137
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Providing a detailed account of the law of nature conservation, The Law of Nature Conservation reviews and discusses the way in which the law promotes the conservation of species of animal, bird, and plant, and how it protects natural habitats for protected species.

Using an interdisciplinary approach, The Law of Nature Conservation sets nature conservation in its economic and scientific context. It explains how the law reconciles the public interest in promoting biodiversity and the conservation of species and habitats, on the one hand, and the private property rights of landowners and other resource appropriators on the other. The Law of Nature Conservation offers an illuminating new interpretation of this area of environmental regulation using a resource allocation model of property rights to explain how legal and economic instruments for promoting nature conservation work in practice. The analysis covers all recent legislation and case law – including the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009, the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010 and the 2012 National Planning Policy Framework.

The Law of Nature Conservation will serve as a critical guide to UK nature conservation law for those working in the system, and a valuable reference point on the UK's approach to the area for environmental lawyers and policy-makers overseas.

"[A] clear overview of a complex and fragmented area of law [...] the book amply lives up to the 'blurb' on its cover as a 'critical guide to UK conservation law for those working in the system, and a valuable reference point on the UK's approach' for others. Valuable indeed, for everyone."
– Colin T Reid, Environmental Liability


1. Nature Conservation in Legal Context
2. The Governance of Nature Conservation
3. Natural Habitats: Designation and Protection
4. Natural Habitats: Management
5. Protection of Wild Animals, Birds, and Plants
6. The Impact of European Environmental Law
7. Marine Conservation
8. Property, Environment and the Limits of Law - New Directions for Nature Conservation

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Chris Rodgers is a Professor of Law and (since 2010) Head of School at Newcastle Law School. He has been joint Editor in Chief of the Environmental Law Review since its inception in 1999, and is General Editor of the Environment and Countryside Book Series. His principal research interests are the environmental regulation of agriculture, property rights, and land use. He is the editor of three volumes, and the author of one of the principal works in the UK on agricultural property law (Agricultural Law, 3rd ed. 2008). He was the Principal Investigator of a major research project Contested Common Land: environmental governance, law and sustainable land management c.1600-2006 (AHRC-funded 2007-2010. see http: // its outcomes were published as Contested Common Land, Environmental Governance past and present (Rodgers, Winchester, Straughton, & Pieraccini, 2010). He is currently Principal Investigator of another AHRC-funded project, Building Commons Knowledge 2012-13.

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