Story Investing in the EU Natura 2000 network benefits nature and people

A recent assessment for EU-27, estimates the total investments needed for managing the Natura 2000 network to be at least € 5.8 billion per year, largely confirming earlier estimates. One third of these needs relate to one-off investments; the remainder relate to recurring management of the sites. Weighted against the benefits from Natura 2000 which are of the order of €200 to 300 billion/year, the socio-economic benefits of Natura 2000 far outweigh the estimated costs.The relevant Commisison Staff Working Paper on financing Natura 2000 is now  transmitted to the Council, EP, Committee of Regions and ECOSOC.


Release date 16/12/2011
Contributor Rania Spyropoulou
Source DG ENV, European Commission