Friday, February 15, 2008

Final programme message...

The programme partners, Eurosite, EUROPARC Federation and the European Landowners Organization, would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your involvement and dedication to the Natura 2000 Networking Programme (NNP), which ran through 2007.

With the assistance and commitment of 30 Natura 2000 Ambassadors from 18 countries, the NNP specified an integrated approach, recognising the essential contributions of different stakeholders responsible for and interacting with Europe's rich diversity of Natura 2000 sites and surrounding areas. Focusing on communication, capacity building and the value of working in partnership to achieve nature conservation objectives, the programme created a series of training events, themed workshops and practical tools to promote Natura 2000, good practice in site management and the benefits of networking, across Europe.

Natura 2000 Ambassadors for the NNP, have contributed to a body of work that will remain relevant and useful beyond the short life of the NNP. The new knowledge and skills developed during the programme will positively effect the standards of Natura 2000 management. The drafted guidance documents will remain an asset to site managers, landowners and stakeholders with an interest in increasing their capacity for good management of Natura 2000. The NNP has been concluded - however, as your valuable work will undoubtedly continue within Natura 2000, I encourage you to collaborate, network and build on the momentum initiated through the Programme., will, for the time being remain an important information source for the stakeholders and managers of Natura 2000. We therefore encourage you to use and develop the tools, workshop reports and guidance available on this website that were created for the NNP. The management toolkit documents are now available in English, French and German.

The NNP team.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

NNP final event

On behalf of the Natura 2000 Networking Programme partners, you are cordially invited to attend the Programme's final conference titled "Natura 2000: Success stories and further potential" which will take place in Brussels on 28th November 2007.

Speakers will include Ladislav Miko, Director General, DG Environment and Natura 2000 Ambassadors. For the full programme and booking form, please visit the programme website training page.

For further information contact Emmanuelle Mikosz at or Catherine O‚Neill at

We look forward to welcoming you in Brussels.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

National level Natura 2000 online resources: update

Links to national level information on Natura 2000 can be found via for the following European countries:

Austria + Belgium + Bulgaria + Czech Republic + Denmark + Estonia + Finland + France + Germany + Greece + Hungary + Italy + Malta + Netherlands + Poland + Portugal + Romania + Slovakia + Slovenia + Sweden + United Kingdom

Suggestions for additional links can be posted here.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

New Natura 2000 site management case studies

Site case studies for Natura 2000 sites in 14 European countries are now online at

Austria = Truppenubungsplatz
Bulgaria = Central Balkan
Finland = Rekijokilaakso River Valley
France = Haute Vezere
Germany = Oberes Rhinluch
Greece = Tilos National Park
Italy = Parco Naturale di Rocchetta Tanaro
Malta = Rdum Tal Madonna
Poland = Puszcza Kampinoska
Romania = Vanatori Neamt Nature Park
Slovak Republic = Tatry National Park
Slovenia = Kozjanski Park
Spain = Punta Mora
United Kingdom = Sefton CoastAustria

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Extra news resource

Additional news feeds have been created at, offering news sourced through Yahoo! News covering issues related to Natura 2000, the Habitats and Birds Directives and the Water Framework Directive. View the RSS generated feeds at

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

News from the French Natura 2000 network

Natura 2000 is also a network of committed actors, active in conserving biodiversity. In France, each month, La lettre du réseau Natura 2000 (the Natura 2000 Network Newsletter) is addressed to the community of actors involved in Natura 2000 fieldwork: elected representatives, stakeholders, scientists, managers, public services, etc (around 1000 persons addressed).

The concrete implementation of the network reveals an important need to share experiences, informations, not only at the national level, but also on a European scale. To enrich the European network, we would like to distribute a selection of news about Natura 2000 network life in France three times a year. We published the first newsletter on the 2th of May 2007. Please do not hesitate to give us your feedback, as Natura 2000 is strengthened by its biodiversity but is also enriched by the diversity of competencies. The summary of the fisrt News letter :

French Natura 2000 network life:
The Minister of Ecology opened the National Monitoring Committee; national and regional meetings ; training of elected representatives and technicians from forest municipalities.

Studies - research:
How much are you willing to pay to save biodiversity?
The “History” of Natura 2000 in France, as seen by sociologists.

Building the network, managing the site:
How to determine the perimeter of Chiroptera sites?
The validation of DOCOBs in the Provence Alpes Côtes d'Azur region

Natura 2000 and the French media in 2006.
Abbreviations and French terms

If you are interrest by thi e-letter, please contact:

For all information about the Natura 2000 network in France:

Article written by Wally Rossell
Ministère de l'écologie et du développement durable.
Direction de la nature et des paysages / Equipe Projet Natura 2000

Natura 2000 site management guidance now available

The report of the 'Train the Trainers' workshop, the first training event organised as part of the Natura 2000 Networking Programme (NNP), is now available.

The first information and training guides are also now available as part of the NNP Site Management Toolkit. Over the coming months this resource will grow to include guidance on thematic Natura 2000 site management issues. At the time of posting, the folllowing items are available for download.

+ A paper addressing misconceptions about Natura 2000
+ Guidance on writing a press release
+ A facilitation guide
+ A guidance paper on conflict resolution
+ A discussion of the importance of stakeholder agreements
+ Guidance for stakeholder management
+ Twinning-lite guidance