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Natura 2000

Natura 2000

Take a walk on the wild side!

Source: European Environment Agency

Natura 2000 represents one of the world’s biggest environmental efforts to protect fundamental habitats and species in the European Union territory. It stands as a network of nature protection areas made up of Special Areas of Conservation and Special Protection Areas, including both terrestrial and marine protected areas.

Born out of the Birds and Habitats Directive — the milestone for the preservation of European biodiversity — the Natura 2000 network currently consists of over 27 300 sites, covering a terrestrial area of 787 606 km2 and a marine one of 360 350 km2. Land coverage wise, it represents around 18% of the total EU surface.

The Working Group

Back in 2003, CEEweb for Biodiversity established the Natura 2000 Working Group to aid in the introduction and adequate management of the Natura 2000 network in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Since its inception, the working group has been dedicated to the exchange of information and experiences to help layout CEEweb’s policy positions and advocacy activities in Brussels in representation of its members’ network and CEE environmental institutions in general. Moreover, the working group has also focused on bringing forth capacity building activities for its members.

Today, the Natura 2000 Working Group is open to all interested parties, with CEEweb member organisations being able to become full members of it.