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Natura 2000
Natura 2000

The largest network of protected areas in the world

Natura 2000 provides benefits for nature, for people and for the economy

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For nature

Protects around 1 200 rare and threatened species and 230 habitat types

Provides a refuge for endangered species and rare habitats

Ensures their long-term survival and recovery

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For people

Provides us with vital services like fresh water, pollinating insects and protection against floods and coastal erosion

Plays a crucial role in tackling climate change

Is accessible - 65% of Europeans live within 5 km of a nature site

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For the economy

Provides ecosystem services worth around EUR €200–300 billion per year

Supports livelihoods - 4.4 million jobs depend directly on healthy ecosystems in Europe

Rules and guidance for everyone involved in managing Natura 2000 sites. This includes the legal requirements of national governments, and guidance for local landowners and site managers.

Discover the procedure to follow when a new plan or project is likely to have a significant negative effect on a Natura 2000 site.

See how Natura 2000 sites are financed and how EU funding can be used. Learn more about the socio-economic benefits of healthy nature.

Download the Natura 2000 logo and find out more about how and when to use it.

21 May is European Natura 2000 Day. More than 27,000 protected areas, that’s 27,000 reasons to celebrate!


Find Natura 2000 sites near you! Explore individual sites or group of sites, species and habitat types anywhere in the EU.

The latest data on all Natura 2000 sites, updated every year. See the graphs and statistics per country, and whether these are on land or at sea.

Want to know more about different ecosystems in Europe, their conservation status, and how the EU is effectively protecting them? Visit this website developed in partnership with the European Environment Agency.

Download the dataset – the data submitted by EU countries, updated every year.

Filter Natura 2000 sites by country, Directive and biogeographical region, or site code in the List.