NATURA 2000? Maybe you’ve heard of it?

Perhaps, but few know what is really behind this term. And that’s actually a shame, because NATURA 2000-sites are protected areas of special importance to all of Europe – “European Premium Nature Protection Reserves” so to speak. Together, they form a coherent conservation system throughout all of Europe.

Only landscapes of uncommon rarity, with exceptional flora and fauna, make it into this network. In the region of Osnabrück there are 28 NATURA 2000 areas. Reason enough to dedicate a series of brochures to these awesome areas. You can find descriptions of the individual NATURA-2000 sites within the Nature- und Geopark TERRA.vita in the “TERRA.natura-Tipps” brochures. In addition to information about plants, animals and habitats, they also contain exciting geological side notes that illustrate the development of our landscape and provide answers to ecological and nature conservation questions.

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How Natura 2000 works

The cornerstone for this network was laid in 1992 by the European Union (EU) – the member countries unanimously decided to work together to promote nature conservation Europe-wide. A directive was drafted for The Conservation of the Natural Habitats and their Wild Fauna and Flora – Fauna and Flora Habitat Guidelines (FFH Guidelines) for short. In these guidelines, nearly 200 habitats (FFH-habitat types) and approximately 700 plant and animal species (FFH-species) are described, whose populations are endangered and for which all of Europe shares a responsibility for their preservation.

EU bird protection areas: In addition to the FFH areas, already registered EU bird protection areas were integrated into the NATURA 2000 network. EU guidelines for the establishment of European bird protection areas already existed since 1979 – the codified version took effect in 2010. In its objectives, the EU Bird Protection Guidelines is similar to the FFH guidelines – but is devoted exclusively to preserving bird species. The FFH guidelines, therefore, excludes bird species as a selection criterion for FFH areas. The aim of the Bird Protection guidelines is to permanently preserve all bird species naturally occurring in the EU countries, including those of migratory birds.

Please direct all questions to: Nature and Geopark TERRA.vita.

Tel. +49 541 501 4217
email: info@geopark-terravita.de

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