Border Fences and Their Impacts on Large Carnivores, Large Herbivores and Biodiversity: An International Wildlife Law Perspective

Review of European, Comparative and International Environmental Law 25(3)

Tilburg Law School Research Paper No. 19/2016

17 Pages Posted: 7 Oct 2016  

Arie Trouwborst

Tilburg Law School; Tilburg Sustainability Center

Floor Fleurke

Tilburg University

Jennifer Dubrulle

Tilburg Law School

Date Written: October 4, 2016

Abstract

Fences, walls and other barriers are proliferating along international borders on a global scale. These border fences not only affect people, but can also have unintended but important consequences for wildlife, inter alia by curtailing migrations and other movements, by fragmenting populations and by causing direct mortality, for instance through entanglement. Large carnivores and large herbivores are especially vulnerable to these impacts. This article analyses the various impacts of border fences on wildlife around the world from a law and policy perspective, focusing on international wildlife law in particular. Relevant provisions from a range of global and regional legal instruments are identified and analysed, with special attention for the Bonn Convention on Migratory Species and the European Union Habitats Directive.

Keywords: Border fences, Convention on Migratory Species, Habitats Directive, Large carnivores, International wildlife law

Suggested Citation

Trouwborst, Arie and Fleurke, Floor and Dubrulle, Jennifer, Border Fences and Their Impacts on Large Carnivores, Large Herbivores and Biodiversity: An International Wildlife Law Perspective (October 4, 2016). Review of European, Comparative and International Environmental Law 25(3); Tilburg Law School Research Paper No. 19/2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2848898

Arie Trouwborst (Contact Author)

Tilburg Law School ( email )

Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands

Tilburg Sustainability Center ( email )

P.O. Box 90153
Tilburg, North Brabant 5000 LE
Netherlands

Floor Fleurke

Tilburg University ( email )

P.O. Box 90153
Tilburg, DC 5000 LE
Netherlands

Jennifer Dubrulle

Tilburg Law School ( email )

Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands

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