Natura 2000 is a network of protected areas across the European Union, with the aim of affording protection to habitats and species of wild fauna and flora of Community interest. Conservation and management measures have to be established and implemented in order to ensure that the condition of the natural habitats and species’ populations, which are of particular importance, are maintained and/or restored in order to ensure their survival.
Species that require designation of protected sites:
The Natura 2000 network throughout Europe comprises more than 27,700 sites, with the terrestrial component representing 18.17% (789,868km2) of the EU-28 land territory. The network also covers about 444,446km2 of the marine environment (update November 2017). For further details on the network, reference can be made to the European Commission Natura 2000 webpage. To get an overview of the location of the Natura 2000 sites across the European Union, reference can be made to the Natura 2000 viewer, which also includes site datasheets. The information within the datasheets can also be obtained through the Natura 2000 database.