Appendices.


Appendix I.

The criteria in accordance with article 4.2.3, § 2, 2°, and article 4.2.3, § 3:

 

1. The characteristics of plans and programmes, in particular with regard to:

  1. the extent to which the plan or programme comprises a framework for projects and other activities with respect to the location, nature, importance and conditions for use as well as that con-cerning the allocation of sources of assistance;
  2. the extent to which the plan or programme influences other plans and programmes, including those which are a part of a hierarchical entity;
  3. the relevance of the plan or programme to the integration of environmental considerations, particularly in view of the promotion of sustainable development;
  4. environmental problems relevant to the plan or programme;
  5. the relevance of the plan or programme to the purposes of the environmental legislation of the European Community (for example plans and programmes concerning waste management or water protection). 

2. Characteristics of the effects and the areas which can be influenced, in particular with regard to:

  1. the likelihood, duration, frequency and irreversibility of the effects;
  2. the cumulative nature of the effects;
  3. the cross-border nature of the effects;
  4. the risks to human health or safety or the environment (e.g. due to accidents);
  5. the extent and the environmental range of the effects (geographical area and extent of the population that can be affected);
  6. the value and vulnerability of the area that can be influenced with regard to:
    • special natural characteristics or cultural patrimony;
    • the exceeding of the environmental quality standards or limit values;
    •  intensive land use;
  7. the effects on areas and landscapes recognised by a Member State, by the Community, or in an international context as a protected area

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Appendix III. Criteria for determining the negative effects as referred to in Article 15.1.1, 6°

The reference condition will be used to determine whether or not a form of damage exercises a considerable negative impact on reaching or maintaining the optimum state of conservation of species or natural habitats, taking into account the functions resulting from their perceived value and capacity for natural regeneration.

 

Whether or not the reference condition has undergone considerable negative changes, is determined by means of quantifiable data such as:

  1. the number of specimens, the population density or the surface area occupied;
  2. the role of individual specimens or of the damaged surface area in proportion to the species or the conservation of the habitat, the rarity of the species or the habitat as established at the local, regional, national or higher level, including Community level;
  3. the reproductive capability of the species according to the dynamic specific to this species or population, its viability or the natural regeneration capacity of the habitat according to the dynamic specific to the characteristic type of habitat or populations of that species;
  4. the capacity of the species or habitat to recover, once the damage has occurred, within a short period of time and without interventions other than the setting of more stringent protective measures, to a condition which, exclusively on the basis of the dynamic of that species or habitat, leads to a condition considered equivalent to or better than the reference condition. 

Impact on human health is considered as a significant negative impact.

 

The following are not considered as a significant negative impact:

  1. negative fluctuations which are smaller than the normal average fluctuations of a particular species or habitat;
  2. negative fluctuations resulting from natural causes or as the result of interventions relating to the normal management of areas, as established in habitat dossiers or in documents in which the goals are set forth, or as previously exercised by the owners or operators;
  3. damage to species or habitats which are known to recover within a short period of time and without intervention, to the reference condition or to a condition which, exclusively on the basis of the dynamic of the species or habitat, leads to a condition which is considered equivalent to or better than the reference condition. “

Appendix IV. Activities stated in Article 15.1.2

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