The concepts of green infrastructure and ecological networks are not new. Across the EU, many initiatives have been launched at transnational, national and regional level to put such concepts into place. Some of these have been presented during the workshop ‘Towards a green infrastructure for Europe: integrating Natura 2000 sites into the wider countryside’.
A background document was prepared for the workshop which gives a short annotated overview of some of these initiatives and other key documents.
download the background document on green infrastructure initiatives in Europe
We intend to update this document from time to time as we hear of more initiatives. So if you have an initiative or document that you would like to inform others about please send to
at Ecosystems LTD, – contact details
Natura 2000 Network Maps
The ‘Birds’ and ‘Habitats’ Directives are the cornerstones of the EU’s policy response to halting biodiversity loss by 2010. They set the same high standard for nature conservation across 27 countries. At the heart of the Directives lies the creation of a Europe-wide ecological network of protected sites - the Natura 2000 Network – which is destined to conserve over a thousand rare, threatened and endemic species and some 220 natural habitats listed in their annexes.
Around 25,000 sites have been included in the Network so far. Collectively, these sites cover almost a fifth of the European territory. As a result, they not only help conserve rare species but also protect valuable ecosystems and provide a safe haven for countless other wild plants and animals.