Comment: Conservation on the Global Stage – The Habitats Directive, the Biodiversity Convention and the UK

Arrangements giving legal effect in the UK to the European Union (EU) 'Habitats Directive' (see Box 1) and United Nations (UN) 'Biodiversity Convention' (see Box 3) have been agreed by the British Government. This article summarises the main requirements of the new international conservation instruments, reports on the UK's means of meeting them and briefs