May - Month of the Natura 2000 Network

May - Month of the Natura 2000 Network

Have you already marked the 21st May on your calendar? If not, do not hesitate and highlight it now! On the 21st May we celebrate the European Natura 2000 Day.

And since we dedicate each month to a species or an important event, we are dedicating May to the Natura 2000 network of protected areas.

The European Natura 2000 Day is celebrated each year, commemorating the 21st May 1992, the date on which both the Habitats Directive and the LIFE Programme were approved.

21st May was also established as Natura 2000 Day in order to raise the citizens awareness on the network and its importance for people through information campaigns all over Europe.

The Natura 2000 network
Currently the network consists of over 27 000 protected areas and is one of Europe’s most successful tools for biodiversity protection. It covers 18% of the terrestrial territory of the Union and almost 6% of marine territories and is the largest coordinated network of protected areas in the world, offering a safe haven for some of the most valuable and threatened species and habitats.

The Natura 2000 network includes 114 protected areas for conservation of wild birds and 228 protected areas for conservation of other animal or plant species and habitats. The network’s coverage is determined according to each country’s biological diversity and it’s ecosystems preservation. Our country is one of Europe’s richest in biodiversity. This is due not only to its geographic location and the diverse relief, but also to people’s attitude towards nature. That is why, our country cannot compare to others that have already lost their biological diversity. Those same countries have already realized their loss and have invested tremendous amounts of means and efforts for its recovery.

As we all know, birds know no borders, the same way we cannot constrict our efforts to protect a species within the countries boundaries. Here, we are going to give the lesser kestrel as an example - a species, that had disappeared from the country, but which was successfully reintroduced as a nesting species in Bulgaria - in the village of Levka, with the help of experts from Green Balkans, Germany, Spain and Turkey.

We would like to use this opportunity to invite you to vote for the Green Balkans' “Lesser Kestrel recovery” LIFE11 NAT/BG/360 project that can win the LIFE Citizen’s Prize 2019. Vote here - (Do not forget to confirm your vote with the automatic email response you will receive! You might get the confirmation email into your spam inbox!)

How can I help:
  • Join the Green Balkans information campaign. For additional information check our website in the next few days.
  • Disseminate information about the Natura 2000 network.
  • Support our work for the Natura 2000 zones and donate here.

For additional information, contact Green Balkans NGO.