Natura 2000 in project areas
Natura 2000 is s the largest coordinated network of natural protected areas in the world.The network of sites selected to ensure the long-term survival of Europe’s most valuable and threatened species and habitats. How a site is chosen depends on what it aims to protect. Natura 2000 offers a haven to Europe’s most valuable and threatened species and habitats. It is a network of core breeding and resting sites for rare and threatened species, and some rare natural habitat types which are protected in their own right. It stretches across all 28 EU countries, both on land and at sea. The aim of the network is to ensure the long-term survival of Europe’s most valuable and threatened species and habitats, listed under both the Birds Directive and the Habitats Directive.
Natura 2000 is not a system of strict nature reserves from which all human activities would be excluded. While it includes strictly protected nature reserves, most of the land remains privately owned. The approach to conservation and sustainable use of the Natura 2000 areas is much wider, largely centered on people working with nature rather than against it. However, Member States must ensure that the sites are managed in a sustainable manner, both ecologically and economically.