20 years of protecting Europe’s nature: 3 cents for the future of Natura 2000
21 August 2012 | News story
IUCN together with the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), EUROPARC and WWF will organize an evening reception on 25 September 2012 at the European Parliament to ask its Members to vote for protecting Europe’s nature by financing Natura 2000.
Natura 2000 is an EU success story – it is the largest network of nature protection areas in the world and contributes to protecting Europe’s most valuable and threatened species and habitats.
This year, the Habitats Directive, which together with the Birds Directive resulted in the creation of Natura 2000, celebrates its 20th anniversary. What better way to mark this milestone in nature protection than investing in its future!
With only €3 cents per day, per EU citizen we can secure the huge benefits we get from nature’s services – estimated between €200-300 billion per year. The future EU Budget 2014-2020 can contribute decisively to provide the funds for Natura 2000 and ensure that the network continues to protect nature and deliver its benefits and services.
At a time of a crucial voting in the European Parliament, the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), EUROPARC, IUCN and WWF are asking all Members of the European Parliament and interested parties to show their commitment in financing Natura 2000 and ensure that Europe’s nature stays protected.
The evening reception will be kindly hosted by MEP Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy and organised by EEB, EUROPARC, IUCN and WWF.
The event will be moderated by Hans Friederich, Regional Director for Europe, IUCN. Invited speakers include:
- Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for the Environment
- MEP Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy, Rapporteur on Biodiversity at the European Parliament
- MEP Luis Manuel Capoulas Santos – TBC
- Tony Long, Director, WWF European Policy Office
- Jeremy Wates, Secretary General, EEB