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Natura 2000 Funding Opportunities

Financing Natura 2000

The Commission has published studies on the economic benefits of the Natura 2000 network, a number of specific case studies on innovative approaches to financing Natura 2000 and a tool kit for assessing the socioeconomic benefits of Natura 2000. These can be accessed from the following link:

In its 2004 Communication on the Financing of Natura 2000, the Commission presented ideas on how the financial needs of Natura 2000 can be integrated into the different Community Funds and what measures can possibly be financed by them.

A guidance handbook was prepared to assist authorities to identify the opportunities for EU co-financing of Natura 2000 and encourage these opportunities to be fully incorporated into national and regional funding programmes. The handbook is also a source of valuable ideas as to how specific management measures could be financed in the future. The most recent edition is covering the period 2014-2020 and has a two-part structure, with separate volumes for Part I and Part II:


European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF)

This fund adopted in 2014 not only supports the implementation of the Common Fisheries Policy, but also the Integrated Maritime Policy. It can be used to promote the competitive, environmentally sustainable, economically viable and socially responsible fisheries. Potential project areas that may be of interest in relation to Natura 2000 include those concerned with:

  • The design and implementation of conservation measures and regional cooperation;
  • Limitation of the impact of fishing on the marine environment and adaptation of fishing to the protection of species;
  • Innovation linked to the conservation of marine biological resources;
  • Protection and restoration of marine biodiversity and ecosystems in the framework of sustainable fishing activities.


The LIFE Regulation

View the LIFE Regulation here.