Photo Contest to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Habitats Directive
Europeans can still be proud of the rich biodiversity the old continent is hosting, let it be the beaver, the kingfisher, the pasque flower or the pannonic sand steppes with gentle slopes. We enjoy their beauty, use the benefits they provide, and take the responsibility for their protection for future generations. In the European Union, this is ensured through the Habitats Directive (together with the Birds Directive), and its network of Natura 2000 sites. Altogether they protect 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.
To celebrate the Habitats Directive’s 20th anniversary and to show the values of European biodiversity to everybody, CEEweb for Biodiversity and Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation with the support of BROZ – Regional Association for Nature Conservation and Sustainable Development, Ecological Movement of Macedonia, Environmental Organization Rhodope, Naturalists Club Poland, Macedonian Ecological Society and Nimfea Nature Conservation Association, organize a photo competition in the following two categories:
1. Natura 2000 species and habitats – our natural heritage to guard – Show the beauty of our natural inheritance and take picture of one of the habitats types or species within the Natura 2000 network.
2. Ecosystem services from the Natura 2000 network are the key for our survival – how do we benefit from nature? Natura 2000 network provides several benefits to people from recreation through agricultural products to protection from natural disasters.