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Natura 2000 - conservation in partnership

Funded under: FP5-EESD


Natura 2000 is the most ambitious initiative ever undertaken to conserve Europe’s rich natural heritage. It enables all 25 countries of the EU to work together to protect hundreds of our most vulnerable species and habitats across their natural range in Europe, irrespective of national boundaries. At its heart lies the creation of an ecological network of sites known as the Natura 2000 Network. Some 20,000 sites have been included in this network so far. Together, they cover almost 20% of the EU - an area the size of Germany and Italy combined. Because Natura 2000 is an integral part of our countryside, it is important that the sites continue to be managed in a way that takes account of the vulnerable habitats and species present. The aim is not to stop economic activities altogether but, instead, to set the parameters by which these can take place whilst safeguarding Europe’s biodiversity. From the concerned citizen to private landowners and users, government officials and conservation groups - everyone has an important role in making Natura 2000 a success.

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Authors: No author stated, European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Luxembourg, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2006. 15 pp, Free of charge
Availability: (Catalogue Number: KH-71-05-401-EN-C)
ISBN: ISBN: 92-79-00427-1
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