About this topic
Natura 2000 is a network of core breeding and resting sites for rare and threatened species, and some rare natural habitat types which are protected in their own right. It stretches across all 28 EU countries, both on land and at sea. The aim of the network is to ensure the long-term survival of Europe's most valuable and threatened species and habitats, listed under both the Birds Directive and the Habitats Directive.
Stretching over 18 % of the EU’s land area and almost 6 % of its marine territory, it is the largest coordinated network of protected areas in the world. It offers a haven to Europe's most valuable and threatened species and habitats.
How does it work?
We, the Joint Research Centre, the in-house science service of the European Commission developed an app that helps collecting data about Natura2000 sites. Its aim is to enable the general public (amateurs and professionals) to receive and share information about Natura2000 sites, including spcecies, landscapes and potential threads to the protected area.
Specifically, the app’s purposes are:
- to allow providing feedback about the overall impression os a Natura2000 sites;
- to allow providing information about species, landscapes and threads by using citizen phones’ GPS system and phones’ cameras;
- to provide information about particular Natura2000 sites (pictures, short description, addition useful information);
- to foster citizens’ awareness about the existance of Natura2000 as a EU program for nature protection and actively getting the public involved in the management of protected Birds and Habitats.
This app includes the lates agreed upon areas that are designated as Natura2000 sites. This selection will be updated according to future declarations by the Member States of the European Union.
How to use the app?
You may participate by providing your impressions of a particular Natura2000 site, or by reporting species, landscapes or threads that you found at a particular site. All it needs is a mobile app that allows for feedback provision, taking pictures, and enables anybody to upload his or her sightings.
What happens then?
The sightings of species, landscapes and posisble threads that you, we and others collect with the smart phone app become immediately visible at another part of this page. Here you can directly explore what has been collected in the context of this campaign and relate it to other relevant information, including the authoritative data about Natura2000 and more.
The collected information will furthermore be used to inform park manages and policy makers about your perceptions and to alert about possible threads to nature protection that may require particular action.