Appropriate Assessment (AA) is the assessment of potential adverse effects of a plan or project (in combination with other plans or projects) on the Natura 2000 network of European sites, i.e. Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) and Special Protection Areas (SPAs). These sites are protected by National and European Law.
The requirement for AA is set out in Articles 6(3) and 6(4) of the Habitats Directive (92/43/EEC). The Habitats Directive is transposed into Cypriot law by the Nature and wildlife protection and management Law, 2003 (N. 153(I)2003) as amended.
The assessments for AA are undertaken on the basis of the best scientific evidence and methods. Data and information on the project site are collected, and an analysis of the potential effects on the site are obtained and presented in an Ecological Assessment Statement. Ecological specialists undertake the surveys, research, and analysis, with input from other experts when necessary.
YNB has extensive experience in AA screening and the preparation of Ecological Assessment Statements in a variety of sectors, including energy, industrial, tourist, residential and mixed-use.