Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process

Project

Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process

Natura 2000 is the European network of protected areas, areas protected under the Birds and Habitats Directive. Natura 2000 is in fact the largest network of protected areas in the world, covering over 18% of Europe’s territory! The European Commission launched the Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process (BGP) in 2012 to share knowledge among stakeholders and governments, and to enhance an effective implementation of Natura 2000. It is a co-operation process at the biogeographical level and uses seminars and networking events to address and discuss common problems and exchange results and ideas.

In this project, we will support the European Commission in organising these seminars and networking events per biogeographical region (Boreal, Atlantic, Alpine, Continental, Mediterranean, Macaronesian, Marine). In preparation of the events, we will collect ideas that will be discussed with the Commission and fine-tuned with the Steering Committee or a group of experts. An example of questions that are addressed are: how are Natura 2000-conservation objectives and favourable reference values set among different countries? How should we deal with trans-boundary management of Natura 2000 areas? Which lessons can be learnt from conservation of dune habitats? Or: what are the lessons learnt from the Art. 17 reporting?

Through our consortium network we have access to experts and stakeholders in different regions of Europe, which will be important for the delivery of support services.

From Wageningen Environmental Research, Theo van der Sluis, Irene Bouwma, Anne Schmidt, Linda Oud and Lawrence Jones-Walters are involved. From Wageningen Marine Research, Oscar Bos.

Consortium

Map of all biogeographical regions
Map of all biogeographical regions
National Park Berchtesgaden (DE) Natura 2000 site, Alpine Biogeographical Region
National Park Berchtesgaden (DE) Natura 2000 site, Alpine Biogeographical Region
Dunes Terschelling (NL) Natura 2000 site, Atlantic Biogeographical Region
Dunes Terschelling (NL) Natura 2000 site, Atlantic Biogeographical Region
Borkum stones Natura 2000 site, Marine Biogeographical Region (picture: Udo van Dongen)
Borkum stones Natura 2000 site, Marine Biogeographical Region (picture: Udo van Dongen)
Boreal Biogeographical Region
Boreal Biogeographical Region
 Masuria (PL) Natura 2000 site, Continental Biogeographical Region
Masuria (PL) Natura 2000 site, Continental Biogeographical Region
Caldeira e Capelinhos, Faial Island, Azores (PT) Natura 2000 site, Macaronesian Biogeographical Region
Caldeira e Capelinhos, Faial Island, Azores (PT) Natura 2000 site, Macaronesian Biogeographical Region