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21 May - European Natura 2000 Day

European Natura 2000 Day relates to the 21st May 1992, when both EU Habitats Directive and LIFE programme were approved. This Directive together with the Birds Directive (approved earlier in 1979) became a base of EU Natura 2000 Network of protected areas. Today Natura 2000 consists of more than 27 000 sites across EU land and seas successfully contributing to the preservation of our unique European natural heritage.

To celebrate the Natura 2000 network - one of the EU's most outstanding achievements – and to honor the efforts of everyone involved in making it a success, the European Commission together with the European Parliament, the Council Presidency and the Committee of the Regions declared 21st May as European Natura 2000 Day.

On the occasion of the EU Natura 2000 Day - 2018, visit a close by Natura 2000 site, learn and discover the species and habitats it protects and use #Natura2000Day to share your experience.

Explore and join the numerous events organised across the EU, or register the event you are organising here.


On the occasion that 2018 is also declared as European Year of Cultural Heritage we are encourage public events to be organised in Natura 2000 sites that combine both, cultural and natural heritage.


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