European Natura 2000 Day
European Natura 2000 Day is held on May 21. This event in the third decade of the month May is annual. Help us
In 1992, the European Union adopted the EU Habitats Directive and the LIFE programme. This pioneering piece of legislation gave birth to the EU wide Natura 2000 Network, the world's largest coordinated network of protected areas.
Today, the Network stretches over 18% of the EU's land area and more than 9% of its marine territory and protects our unique natural heritage. On land, this represents a territory as big as Spain and Romania together, while on sea, an area as big as Sweden. Thanks to Natura 2000, the EU protects around 1400 species of wild animals and plants and 460 species of birds.
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