The Azores archipelago and its oceanic region are an important repository of biodiversity, which needs adequate protection to compensate for the natural vulnerabilities resulting from the small extent of island ecosystems, isolation between islands and distance to continental regions, fragmentation and loss of habitats and the fragility of native species against invasive organisms.

Compiling a set of legal provisions, such as European Directives, Regulations, Conventions and Agreements, the Autonomous Region of the Azores establishes the Legal Regime for Nature Conservation and Biodiversity.

Regional Legislative Decree nº 15/2012 / A, aims to contribute to ensuring biodiversity, through the conservation or restoration of natural habitats and wild flora and fauna in a favorable state of conservation, protection, management and control of wild species, and the regulation of its exploitation.

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