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2. The environmental sensitivity of geographical areas likely to be affected by projects must be considered, having regard to—
(a)the existing land use;
(b)the relative abundance, quality and regenerative capacity of natural resources in the area;
(c)the absorption capacity of the natural environment, paying particular attention to the following areas—
(iii)mountain and forest areas;
(iv)nature reserves and parks;
(v)areas classified or protected under Member States' legislation; special protection areas designated by Member States pursuant to Council Directive 79/409/EEC on the conservation of wild birds(1) and Council Directive 92/43/EEC on the conservation of natural habitats and wild fauna and flora(2);
(vi)areas in which the environmental quality standards laid down in Community legislation have already been exceeded;
(vii)densely populated areas;
(viii)landscapes of historical, cultural or archaeological significance.
O.J. No L 103, 25.4.1979, p.1. Directive as last amended by the 1994 Act of Accession.
O.J. No L 206, 22.7.1992, p.7.
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