Scotland's protected areas include sites that rank amongst the best in the world. International designations are generally made by the UK or Scottish Parliament, and endorsed by European or World authorities. Some of these areas are simply recognised and badged as special places under various international Conventions and Treaties, while others require designation under national or European law.
The Natura site network includes both SPAs and SACs, designated under the European Birds and Habitats Directives
Special Protection Areas are part of the Natura site network and are classified under the Birds Directive
Special Areas of Conservation are part of the Natura site network and are designated under the Habitats Directive
Ramsar sites are classified under the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance
OSPAR represents an international commitment to protect the marine environment of the North-East Atlantic
Biosphere reserves - providing models for how we live with nature and use resources for the well-being of people everywhere
St Kilda, on the extreme western fringe of Europe, is Scotland's only natural World Heritage Site
Biogenetic reserves - accommodating biological research
Geopark status is recognition of an area of outstanding geological heritage value, where this heritage value can benefit local people.
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