New Website section

We’ve added a new section on our main website detailing the appropriate assessment requirements.

What is Appropriate Assessment and when is it needed?

Article 6(3) of the Habitats Directive requires that:

‘Any plan or project not directly connected with or necessary to the management of the site but likely to have a significant effect thereon, either individually or in combination with other plans or projects, shall be subject to appropriate assessment of its implications for the site in view of the site’s conservation objectives. In the light of the conclusions of the assessment of the implications for the site and subject to the provisions of Paragraph 4 of the Directive, the competent national authorities shall agree to the plan or project only after having ascertained that it will not adversely affect the integrity of the site concerned and, if appropriate, after having obtained the opinion of the general public.’

And Article 6(4) of the Habitats Directive requires that:-

‘If, in spite of a negative assessment of the implications for the site and in the absence of alternative solutions, a plan or project must nevertheless be carried out for imperative reasons of overriding public interest, including those of social or economic nature, the Member State shall take all compensatory measures necessary to ensure that the overall coherence of Natura 2000 is protected. It shall inform the Commission of the compensatory measures adopted.’

For more information see this Guide from the EPA.

We have completed numerous appropriate assessments to date and would be happy to answer any questions regarding same. Just call Ger at 091-765640 or email hem at

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