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      What is Natura 2000?

´NATURA 2000´ is the Europ-wide network of thousands of nature protection areas, established under the 1992 Habitats Directive, by which most valuable animal and plant species as well as habitats should remain protected for future generations. This network of nature protection areas is intended to contribute substantially to the protection of biological diversity in Europe.

The legal basis for the ´NATURA 2000 network are two nature protection ´directives of the European Union:
Birds Directive (79/409/EEC)
Habitats Directive (92/43/EEC)

See also the EU-Commission’s Homepage

The declaration of NATURA 2000 areas poses new chances, not only in terms of nature conservation, but also for the region where the area is established.

What is LIFE+?

See also the EU-Commission’s Homepage
LIFE+ is the European Union's funding instrument for the environment. One of its focuses is nature and biodiversity, i.e. co-financing the Natura 2000 network. Measures for the conservation or recovery of natural habitats for animals and plants can be financed by the ´LIFE+ Programme´. In the so-called ´LIFE + Projects´ grants of this programme are used, which support important nature protection projects throughout Europe.

Protected Species (Habitats, Plants and Animals)

Species and habitats that benefit from the project
European otter (Lutra lutra), Ukrainian brook lamprey (Eudontomyzon mariae), bullhead (Cottus gobio), grayling (Thymallus thymallus), common kingfisher (Alcedo atthis), grey-headed woodpecker (Picus canus), little crake (Porzana parva), black stork (Ciconia nigra), common sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos), little ringed plover (Charadrius dubius)


Alluvial forests with Alnus glutinosa and Fraxinus excelsior/ Alder-Ashes-alluvial forest

Alder-Ashes-Alluvial forest

The alder-ashes-alluvial forest grows along streams. The most frequent woody species are alders (Alnus sp.), ashes (Fraxinus sp.), willows (Salix sp.) and poplars (Populus sp.). This type of forest needs periodically fluctuating water levels including annual inundations..

Source:: Barbara Emmerer, grünes handwerk

Natural eutrophic lakes with Magnopotamion or Hydrocharition-type vegetation

This habitat type includes vegetation of water surfaces (e.g. duckweed cover (Lemna sp.), pondweed (Potamogetonetea pectinati), water soldier (Stratiotes aloides), or bladderworts (Utricularia spp.) with high amounts of dissolved minerals. Due to the strong anthropisation the number of natural eutrophic lakes and ponds has decreased significantly respectively there are often impoverished and malfunctioning sites with reduced species numbers of afloat water plants.

Source: Barbara Emmerer, grünes handwerk

Project completion

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