Natura 2000

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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 objectives of CEEweb and the Natura 2000 Working Group are:

  • 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;
  • work towards minimising the threats to biodiversity — caused by human activities — in the CEE region;
  • raising awareness through capacity building and dissemination activities;
  • creating and keeping an up-to-date digital library;
  • act 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;
  • lobbying in international biodiversity platforms and events;
  • cooperate with international NGOs working on biodiversity and conservation issues; and
  • communicate the results of all the work to national and EU policy makers.


  • On-field projects.
  • Lobbying activities.
  • Organisation of workshops, seminars, and networking events.


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