About: Natura 2000

Celebrating 25 years of the EU’s nature directives

Europe’s nature protection legislation has had remarkable success with a tiny budget over the last 25 years. Just think what we could achieve with adequate funding in the next quarter-century, writes Andreas Baumüller.

Global Europe 23-03-2017

UN development goals should be put at heart of the European project

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals address all the issues that are all-important to EU citizens. But the clock is rapidly ticking down to the 2030 deadline. That is why Céline Charveriat is calling for a European SDG roadmap.

Climate change 21-02-2017

Natura 2000 must manage cash better, warn EU Auditors

The EU’s flagship biodiversity programme, Natura 2000, needs more money and better management, the European Court of Auditors has warned.

Climate change 07-12-2016

EU decides against tinkering with flagship nature directives

After undergoing a much-criticised European Commission-helmed ‘fitness check’, the EU’s main nature directives have been ruled fit for purpose and will not be rewritten or weakened, in a huge win for environmentalists.

Trade & Society 28-10-2016

Changing track on trade

A potential CETA trainwreck was narrowly avoided this week, but the chaos surrounding the EU-Canada trade deal has been long in the making and may not be over yet, warns Pieter de Pous.

Energy 17-08-2016

EU support for Austrian hydropower plant undermines own rules

While discussions over the permit and environmental impact assessment are ongoing, the European Commission has listed the expansion of the Kaunertal hydropower plant among the key energy infrastructure projects of the EU, write Roland Jöbstl and Birgit Schmidhuber.

Climate change 27-05-2016

Poland approves logging in primeval forest

Polish environmental authorities have given the go-ahead for substantial logging in Europe’s last primeval forest, despite protests from environmental groups and the EU. EURACTIV’s partner Joural de l'Environnement reports.

Climate change 28-04-2016

The EU must save the Bialowieza Forest

The future of Poland’s pristine Bialowieza Forest is at stake, but short-term commercial interests should not prevail over the long-term protection of Europe’s last primeval forest, writes Luc Bas.

Climate change 29-03-2016

EU money should not help destroy Bulgaria’s Kresna Gorge

The Bulgarian government is planning to carve a major motorway through the spectacular Kresna Gorge, one of Europe’s richest nature havens, using EU funds. The consequences for wildlife and the local community could be damaging, writes Magda Stoczkiewicz.

Central Europe 20-10-2015

Three Bulgarian national parks to permit construction, NGOs warn

Bulgaria's construction business has always had its eye on buidling hotels, ski slopes and recreational villages in protected areas - but now NGOs have warned that draft management plans could see three national parks open the door to the bulldozers.