Natura 2000 Commission

A landscape of sandstones and rivers, Bohemian Switzerland National Park (CZ) © Václav Sojka

EUROPARC Federation members are in charge of approx. 40 million hectares of Natura 2000 sites. It means they are nature conservation authority and/or manage those sites. On the one hand, it shows an importance of the EUROPARC Federation in Natura 2000 maintenance and improvement. On the other hand, our efficient contribution requires special focus on the topic.

The Commission on Natura 2000 is composed of representatives of the EUROPARC members – experts on Natura 2000 with  wider consultative group available as a e-forum. The special focus of the Commission is on SACs in the terrestrial part of the EU.

The aim is to run an expert and communication platform helping especially Natura 2000 site managers to share their experiences and good practice examples. The Commission itself is developing guidelines related to conservation of sites. IUCN WCPA Europe. Experience and knowledge of WCPA network could also provide support on implementation of the directives to EC DG Environment, but also to site-management authorities in delivering the Natura network goals.

Members

Chair: Michael Hosek, Central and Eastern Europe EUROPARC Section (CZ)

Baiba Galneice, Nature Conservation Agency of Latvia (LV)

Pirkko Siikamäki, Metsähallitus Parks & Wildlife Finland (FI)

Rika Bisa, National Park of Tzoumerka, Peristeri & Arathchos gorge (GR)

Judit Cservenka, Balaton National Park (HU)

Juan Lopez Giraldo, Murcia Regional Government; Hippocampus Association (ES)