Forests

The structural complexity, diversity and dynamic nature of forests made them a major repository for much of Europe’s biodiversity, which can be preserved through relevant conservation and management strategies under the Nature Directives. While nearly half of the whole coverage of the Natura 2000 network is comprised of forests, approximately 23% of all EU forests are located within Natura 2000 sites. However, even if the forest itself is not a core habitat for an EU protected species or habitat type, it is important for the overall ecological coherence of the Natura 2000 site (e.g. an ecological corridor connecting core habitats for protected species within the site or a buffer zone around a core area).

To learn more see Four Highlights from Natura 2000 Forests: NGO recommendations on management

 

Photo credit: Dobos Benjamin

Photo credit: Dobos Benjamin