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Testing for FFH compatibility

The flora fauna habitat directive of the European Union (FFH directive) focuses on securing biodiversity by preserving natural habitats of feral animals and plants. The individual EU states have identified areas as FFH areas, which include habitats that are specified in the appendix of the FFH directive with types of animals and plants of community interest.

The functional relationship of the protected areas must be facilitated. This mean that the size and distribution of areas are to be suitable to preserve the type and kinds of habitats in their entire natural geographic area. Special objectives and measures must be defined for each area. In addition, a ban prohibiting the deterioration of the environmental conditions applies to each area.

If there is a FFH area or bird sanctuary in the development area of a planned project, FFH compatibility testing or if necessary, a preliminary inspection to determine FFH compatibility must first be conducted before this project can be implemented or approved. This size of the project is irrelevant. The impact that the project has on the affected FFH area is the the only critical point. The testing surveys the project's effects on the animals, plants to be protected, as well as their habitats.

Which services do we offer?

  • We prepare an investigation concept.
  • We provide a survey of the types of animals and plants, the types of habitats, along with the conservation objectives for the FFH area.
  • We provide an overview of the effective factors and describe the impacts on the FFH area.
  • We prepare the preliminary inspection for FFH compatibility in order to base a decision of whether or not FFH compatibility testing is required.
  • We conduct the FFH compatibility testing.

What sets us apart?

Our spectrum our services cover all the aspects involved in the FFH directive. Here, we work for the project developers or the authorities depending on the task at hand.

We produce useful synergy effects through our longstanding and comprehensive experience in the topics installation appraisal, authorisation management, and environmental compatibility assessment (UVU).

Which standards and statutory regulations form the basis of our work?

The directive 92/43/EEC (Flora-Fauna-Habitat Directive) of the European Union serves as the legal basis for the FFH testing.

The contents of the FFH directive have been implemented by §§ 32 to 38 of the Federal Nature Conservation Act (BNatSchG) and the corresponding state laws in German federal law.

Contact:

Our experts are glad to answer your individual questions at any time. Just send us an e-mail by clicking on the contact box (top right).


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