Natura 2000 Working Group

Goals & Tasks

The Birds and Habitats Directives set the bases for the creation and implementation of the Natura 2000 network. With that in mind, CEEweb for Biodiversity established its Natura 2000 Working Group during its 2003 General Assembly, held in Krakow, Poland, with the goals to:

  • provide support for the designation of Natura 2000 sites in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE);
  • provide support for the management of Natura 2000 in CEE; and
  • work towards minimising the threats to biodiversity — caused by human activities — in the CEE region.

While originally departing with the broader objective to support the implementation of the 2010 Biodiversity target — “the achievement by 2010 of a significant reduction in the current rate of loss of biological diversity” — initiated at the Gothenburg European Council, back in 2001, the Natura 2000 Working Group has ever since gone further of this initial time limit and today continues working on raising awareness through capacity building and dissemination activities, as well as creating and keeping an up-to-date digital library.

Moreover, it acts as a watchdog group with the aim to evaluate the effectiveness in the management of Natura 2000 sites, identify and promote the good practices, and analyse national and EU legislation related to Natura 2000 in order to propose improvements.

Finally, the working group also holds a lobbying component, made effective by the CEEweb Office. Within this line of work, it participates to international biodiversity platforms and events, cooperates with international NGOs working on biodiversity and conservation issues, and communicates the results of its work to national and EU policy makers.


Paweł Pawlaczyk, Naturalists Club Poland


Orsolya Nyarai, CEEweb for Biodiversity