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17 February 2012

LIFE programme and the Habitats Directive celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2012

LIFE is the EU’s financial instrument supporting environmental and nature conservation projects throughout the EU, as well as in some candidate, acceding and neighbouring countries. Since 1992, LIFE has co-financed some 3506 projects, contributing approximately €2.5 billion to the protection of the environment.

The Habitats Directive (together with the Birds Directive) forms the cornerstone of Europe’s nature conservation policy. It is built around two pillars: the Natura 2000 network of protected sites and the strict system of species protection. All in all the directive protects over 1.000 animals and plant species and over 200 so called “habitat types” (e.g. special types of forests, meadows, wetlands, etc.), which are of European importance

The LIFE programme and also the Habitats Directive celebrates its 20th anniversary throughout 2012. To celebrate this important anniversary, CEEweb for Biodiversity along with other partners have organized two main events addressing Natura 2000 and the Nature Directives.

Within the frame of the II. International Green-Go Short Film Contest, CEEweb for Biodiversity called for short films/animation of any genre in the topic of Let’s Celebrate European Nature Together – 20th Anniversary of the Habitats Directive.  Within the contest, we received more than 60 films from 22 countries worldwide.

The shared first prize winners of the “Let’s Celebrate European Nature Together – 20th Anniversary of the Habitats Directive” category of the Green-Go International Short Film Contest:

Zoltán Benkő, Zoltán D. Szabó – A day like an other

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Adrienn Nyerges – Would you not be you confused if you would perish in the flames in the leaf mould?

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Furthermore, more short films within the category will be screened during the II. Green-Go Short Film Festival on 1 December 2012 in the Toldi cinema, in Budapest.

CEEweb for Biodiversity with its members also called for photos in two categories within the ‘LET’S CELEBRATE EUROPEAN NATURE TOGETHER! – Photo Competition to Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Habitats Directive and the Natura 2000 Network’ to commemorate the date. We received hundreds of fantastic nature photos from all over Europe about Natura 2000 species and sites and also the ecosystem services the network providesThe awarded photos and the photo galleries of the selected submissions can be seen below.

Public award winner of the Natura 2000 species and habitats – our natural heritage to guard category:

Atanas Grozdanov: Good morning Madjarovo

Category winner of the Natura 2000 species and habitats – our natural heritage to guard:

Riccardo Oggioni: Young Capra Ibrex jumping across the creek during snowfall (Parco Nazionale Gran Paradiso)

Public award winner of the Ecosystem services from the Natura 2000 network are the key for our survival – how do we benefit from nature? category:

Iordan Hristov: Ecosystem doctor

Category winner of the Ecosystem services from the Natura 2000 network are the key for our survival – how do we benefit from nature? category:

József Kirják: The enchanted flock (Az elvarázsolt nyáj)

Please, note that a selection of photos will also be exhibited during the II. International Green-Go Festival on 1 December 2012 in Budapest in the Toldi cinema.

Natura 2000 species and habitats – our natural heritage to guard

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Ecosystem services from the Natura 2000 network are the key for our survival – how do we benefit from nature?

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The Birds and Habitats Directive set the bases of the largest conservation area, the Natura 2000, which is the milestone of preserving European biodiversity. The network covers almost one fifth of the European Union’s area on approximately 26 000 sites on land and water in order to protect around thousand important habitats and species.Want to know more about Natura 2000? Find out more on the European Commission’s homepage here, or see what CEEweb or Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation is doing in the topic.

For more information and the news about LIFE and related events, visit: life20.eu

Source: life20.eu

The contests were generously supported by the European Commission, although do not necessarily reflect its opinions and positions.