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Moral EntanglementsConserving Birds in Britain and Germany$
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Stefan Bargheer

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226376639

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226543963.001.0001

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Data Power and Geographical Reference Frames

Data Power and Geographical Reference Frames

(p.217) Chapter 7 Data Power and Geographical Reference Frames
Moral Entanglements

Stefan Bargheer

University of Chicago Press

Chapter 7 analyzes how the differences in bird conservation between Britain and Germany have diminished as a result of the establishment of a European legal framework for nature conservation. A European Birds Directive was created in 1979 and extended in 1992 by a Habitats Directive. The two directives together establish a network of protected areas known as NATURA 2000. The data for selecting these areas is provided by thousands of bird watchers and field ornithologists across Europe and administered by BirdLife International, the international umbrella organization of national bird conservation organizations. British field-ornithological monitoring schemes provided the institutional model for the work of BirdLife. Countries such as Germany that did not have comparable monitoring schemes in place had to follow suit when the European law was enacted. The fact that the conservation policies in the two countries and throughout the rest of Europe currently look so similar is not the outcome of a shared underlying social structure or an overarching scheme of cultural values, but due to the fact that the arena in which the peculiarities of British bird watching play out has widened.

Keywords:   EU Birds Directive, BirdLife International, field ornithological monitoring schemes

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