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What are the European legal duties to conserve biodiversity in university campuses?

Tzoulas, K, James, P, Price, E and Wheater, P 2015, 'What are the European legal duties to conserve biodiversity in university campuses?' , in: Integrating Sustainability Thinking in Science and Engineering Curricula: Innovative Approaches, Methods and Tools Series , World Sustainability Series (2199-7373) , Springer, pp. 413-424.

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Biodiversity is a key element of sustainable development in university campuses. However, integrating biodiversity in campuses requires strategic planning, beyond minimum compliance with protected species and habitats legislation. This leads to the questions: which university functions impact on biodiversity and what obligations are there under European environmental law for universities to consider biodiversity strategically? University functions and their consequent impacts were classified thematically into four and seven categories respectively. These categories were used to systematically search the Environmental Legislation Update Service and EUR-Lex for relevant legislation,which was also classified. Universities undertake capital projects, building alterations, grounds maintenance, and outdoor activities. These functions may cause loss, damage, disturbance, introductions, pollution to, and overuse of,biodiversity. Legislation applying to these impacts spans wildlife, plant health,planning, and pollution prevention disciplines. The interdisciplinary legal framework for biodiversity presents compliance and integration challenges, such as overlooking legislation or duplicating efforts. This article will help those involved in university management, teaching and research to identify and integrate in their work the relevant legal obligations on biodiversity.

Item Type: Book Section
Editors: Leal Filho, W, Azeiteiro, UM, Caeiro, S and Alves, F
Themes: Built and Human Environment
Schools: Schools > School of Environment and Life Sciences > Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre
Publisher: Springer
Refereed: Yes
Series Name: World Sustainability Series (2199-7373)
ISBN: 9783319094731 (print)
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: Professor Philip James
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2014 14:52
Last Modified: 29 May 2015 00:53

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