Natura 2000

Natura 2000 is a network of nature protection areas in the EU. The areas preserve and protect habitat types and wild animals and plants which are rare, endangered or characteristic for EU countries.

A total of 252 Natura 2000 sites have been designated in Denmark. Together these sites cover an area corresponding to the size of the Danish island of Funen and its surrounding islands. Natura 2000 sites cover habitat, bird-protection and RAMSAR sites and they have been designated in order to protect specific species and habitats.

The basis for Natura 2000 is the EU Birds Directive and Habitats Directive. These Directives oblige EU Member States to preserve selected species and habitats.

Subsidies for Natura 2000 forests

If you are a private or municipal forest owner in a Natura 2000 site, you can apply for a subsidy to protect the forest habitats and species covered by Natura 2000.

The EU Natura 2000 network

The Danish Natura 2000 sites are part of the EU Natura 2000 network.

Read more on the EU website