Discover the Nature 2000 sites

Natura 2000 is the EU-wide network of protected areas set-up under the EU Birds and Habitats Directives. The network includes almost 28 000 individual sites, and covers more than 18% of the EU land and freshwater area of the 28 Member States.

Wetlands are among the most important ecosystems for the conservation biodiversity, providing breeding, resting and wintering habitats for a multitude of species.

Unfortunately, wetlands are subject to a high number of pressures, amongst which water abstraction and other hydrological changes, land use changes, pollution, invasive alien species and climate change.

This storymap shows and monitors in a very accurate way how Natura 2000 wetlands continue to play their role as biodiversity hotspots and priority conservation areas

As a result of this data exploration, several hotspots of possible wetland deterioration are identified. Hereafter, this storymap presents three examples of Natura 2000 sites.