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EUROPARC Conference 2018

Save the Date for EUROPARC Conference 2018! 18-21 September 2018 Cairngorms National Park, Scotland The theme ‘European Parks: Inspired by the Next Generation’ will focus on what Parks can learn from young people and what changes need to be made to manage protected areas for future generations. Matching the ‘Year of Young People’ designated in Scotland for […]


The strategic planning guidelines presented in a protected areas event

Monday, 15 of May 2017 a meeting of Federation Coalition Natura 2000 was held in Brasov. The meeting aimed to establish a action plan for improvement of protected areas system in Romania. During the event, the  strategic planning guidelines developed in “Efficient managers for an Eficient Natura 2000 Network” project were presented. The project was […]

Natura 2000 Award 2018

The Natura 2000 Award is designed to reward excellence in the management of Natura 2000 sites and showcase the added value of the network for local economies. It pays tribute to all those who are working tirelessly on making Natura 2000 an operational success whilst drawing public attention to its substantial achievements. The Natura 2000 […]

Working together in Sustainable Destinations (EUROPARC Federation)

16th May 2017, 15:00 (CEST) Working together in Sustainable Destinations For over 20 years, EUROPARC has been supporting Protected Areas becoming Sustainable Destinations, with the development of the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas (ECSTPA).   The core element of the Charter is working in partnership with all relevant stakeholders to develop a common sustainable tourism […]

Natura 2000

Natura 2000 Network is a European network of natural protected areas which includes a representative sample of wild species and natural habitats of community interest. It was established not only for protecting nature but also for preserving these natural riches on the long term, to ensure the necessary resources for socio-economic development.

Since 1992 the European Union has promoted the development of Natura 2000 network of nature conservation areas as a main instrument, to cover EU countries as well as candidate countries; the network had been originally planned to be designated by year 2000. The Natura 2000 network is based on two European Union Directives, Habitats Directive  and Birds Directive , which regulate site selection and designation and their protection, while Member States are entitled to regulate the methods for practical achievement and implementation of the Directives’ provisions.

Following EU accession these two directives were transposed in Romanian legislation by Emergency Ordinance no. 57 of 20 June 2007 on the regime of natural protected areas, conservation of natural habitats, wild flora and fauna, further consolidated.

Natura 2000 is an ecological network consisting of two types of Natura 2000 sites: Special Areas of Conservation (SAC ) created according to the Habitats Directive and Special Protection Areas (SPA), created according to the Birds Directive.

These sites are identified and declared on scientific grounds (according to the procedures of the two Directives) in order to preserve in a favourable conservation status  a representative surface of the main types of habitats (listed in Annex I of the Habitats Directive) and representative populations of species in Europe (listed in Annex II of the Habitats Directive and in  Annex I of the Birds Directive).


When defining such sites the idea was NOT to institute a strict protection which would ban human activity. On the contrary, it was considered that in a large number of cases human activities related to natural resource management may continue. In many cases the presence of habitats and species in the Natura 2000 network is mainly a result of the way how forests, pastures and meadows have been managed sustainably for hundreds of years.

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