Natura 2000 is the EU-wide network of nature conservation areas, established to ensure the survival of Europe’s most valuable and threatened terrestrial and marine species and habitats for future generations. The Natura 2000 network was formed in response to growing public concern over the loss of Europe’s biodiversity.
The Environment and Resources Authority (ERA) has set out the ecological priorities for the management of all land-based Natura 2000 sites; 22 management plans and 8 conservation orders.
The Natura 2000 management planning project undertaken by the Environment and Resources Authority (ERA), and implemented through Adi Associates and Epsilon International between October 2012 and May 2014, has won the CIEEM Best Practice Award for Stakeholder Engagement 2016.
Across the European Union (EU), Member States select and designate sites to form part of the protected area network referred to as Natura 2000, to safeguard selected habitats and habitats of particular species. In this regard, 21 May has been declared as the European Natura 2000 Day.