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Natura 2000 newsletter

Produced by the LIFE and Nature and Biodiversity units of DG Environment, the Natura 2000 newsletter is available in English, French, German, Spanish and Italian. Each issue focuses on a key theme and provides regular updates on Natura 2000.

Health check for Habitats and Species

Natura 2000: Health check for Habitats and Species

Issue 26, July 2009 - 16 pages

The first systematic assessment of the conservation status of Europe's most endangered habitats and species has been carried out by the Member States, as part of the regular reporting on the EU Habitats Directive. The results, examined in this issue of Natura 2000, show that only a small proportion of the habitats and species of Community interest are in a favourable conservation status. The findings highlight the critical importance of conservation actions at EU level, both in the establishment and development of the Natura 2000 network, and suggest a need to urgently intensify ecological restoration efforts.

Invasive Alien Species

Natura 2000: Invasive Alien Species

Issue 25, December 2008 - 16 pages

Invasive species as a threat to biodiversity has not yet received the attention it deserves. By out-competing native species, invaders from outside an ecosystem can cause significant damage. Together with other threats this issue needs to be addressed if we are to have a realistic chance of halting biodiversity loss in Europe. This newsletter illustrates the background of this growing problem, and looks at Natura 2000’s role in tackling as well as at a range of strategies and measures to combating invasive alien species.

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Business and biodiversity

Natura 2000: business and biodiversity

Issue 24, June 2008 - 16 pages

Biodiversity protection is not only a priority issue in EU environmental policy, it also matters to Europe’s businesses: without robust, healthy and properly functioning ecosystems we cannot rely on the continued flow of goods and services upon which human society depends. As this newsletter issue illustrates, there are many business leaders who have recognised the strong business case for biodiversity protection and have had the foresight to provide leadership within their companies, their industries and on a wider global stage.

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Endangered plants

Natura 2000: endangered plants

Issue 23, December 2007 - 16 pages

Plants are vital to almost every aspect of our daily lives. Despite their undeniable importance, plants everywhere are under threat. The EU is firmly committed to halting the loss of Europe’s biodiversity, including endangered plant species, and to restoring habitats and natural systems. This issue explores the challenges for conservation of Europe’s endangered plants and examines the role of the Natura 2000 network in combating these threats.

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(~5.1 MB)


Biodiversity and climate change

Natura 2000: biodiversity and climate change

Issue 22, June 2007 - 16 pages

The impact of climate change on Europe’s biodiversity can already be observed – for example in changing distributions of species, flowering times and bird migrations. Biodiversity will be more resilient to climate change, more able to adapt, if we maintain our ecosystems in a healthy state. Natura 2000 – which aims to maintain habitats and species in favourable conservation status – is in this context a critical climate change adaptation measure. The protected area network provides space for nature and helps sustain nature’s ‘adaptation options’. This issue of the magazine looks at Natura 2000’s role in combatting climate change, as well as a range of mitigation strategies and adaptation measures.

Download: Biodiversity and Climate Change


(~2.22 MB)


Europe's Large carnivores

Natura 2000: Europe's Large carnivores

Issue 21, February 2007 - 16 pages

This publication examines the state-of-play of efforts to conserve large carnivore species. The Habitats Directive requires the protection of large carnivores (such as brown bear, wolf, wolverine, Iberian lynx and Eurasian lynx) on the basis that in many areas they are endangered. However, in trying to protect and conserve these species the challenges associated with promoting a successful co-existence between human populations and large carnivores cannot be ignored. There is a need to provide the right balance between overall conservation objectives and the legitimate concerns of local people: conservation policies will not be successful if they are not supported by the people who live in Europe’s wilder, nature-rich areas. It is therefore crucial to learn to live with large carnivores.

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(~3.63 MB)



Natura 2000: Biodiversity

Issue 20, May 2006 - 32 pages

This edition of the Natura 2000 newsletter focuses on biodiversity and tied in with the theme of Green Week 2006. The newsletter covers a wide range of biodiversity issues, including the Commission's strategy to halt biodiversity decline by 2010, integrating biodiversity into other policy areas, biodiversity and business, and the LIFE programme's contribution to biodiversity. The publication contains a number of LIFE project case studies.

Download: Biodiversity


(~2.42 MB)

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