Covering more than 18% of the EU’s land area and nearly 6 percent of its marine territory, Natura 2000 is the largest coordinated network of protected areas in the world.
It provides shelet for Europe’s most valuable and threatened species and habitats.
Natura 2000 is a network of breeding and reproduction sites for rare and threatened species and some and rare natural habitat types that are protected in their own right. It spans all 27 EU countries, both on land and at sea. The goal of the network is to ensure the long-term survival of Europe’s most valuable and threatened species and habitats, listed in both the Birds and Habitats Directives.
Natura 2000 sites have been designated specifically to protect areas that are critically important to a range of species or habitat types listed in the Habitats and Birds Directives and are considered to be of Union importance because they are endangered, vulnerable, rare, endemic, or because they are notable examples of features typical of one or more of Europe’s nine biogeographic regions. In total, areas of critical importance for some 2,000 species and 230 habitat types are to be designated as Natura 2000 sites.