Natura 2000 is an EU-wide network of nature protection areas established under the 1992 Habitats Directive. The aim of the network is to assure the long-term survival of Europe's most valuable and threatened species and habitats. All European countries have committed themselves to meeting the requirements of Natura 2000.
Natura 2000 is comprised of Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) designated by Member States under the Habitats Directive, and also incorporates Special Protection Areas (SPAs) which are designated under the 1979 Birds Directive. Follow the link to find more information about Natura 2000 here>> Homepage of the European Commission.
LIFE (L'Instrument Financier pour l'Environnement) is a financial instrument by the EU to promote activities in environmental and natural protection. LIFE-Nature is co-financing measurements for maintaining habitats and/or wild flora and fauna, which are considered most valuable, rare and/or endangered under the Habitats Directive or the Birds Directive.
The EU bears 50% of the costs for the implementation of development measures in LIFE-Nature projects. The remaining expenses are covered by the countries, the stakeholders and other financiers. For more information about LIFE please visit >> Homepage of the European Commission.