Natura 2000 is a network of areas important for the conservation of rare and endangered species and habitats of the European Union.
It is based on the Directive on the conservation of natural habitats and wild fauna and flora (Council Directive 92/43/EEC) and the Directive on the conservation of wild birds (Council Directive (Directive 2009/147/EC). The goal is to preserve or restore a favorable condition of more than a thousand endangered and rare species and about 230 natural and semi-natural habitats.
Natura Day is celebrated every year on 21st May, the day when the Directive on the conservation of natural habitats and wild fauna and flora was adopted, in order to raise awareness of the importance of Natura 2000 and its preservation. It covers more than 26,000 areas and covers more than 1,200,000 km2 , making it the largest such network in the world. The Natura network does not imply a regime of strict protection and the halting of development activities, but the establishment of management mechanisms that will ensure the coexistence of man and nature.
Plitvice Lakes National Park is an important Natura 2000 area important for rare and endangered species and habitats: 28 species of animals and plants (except birds), 21 species of birds, and even 20 target habitat types, i.e. a total of 69 target species and habitats. Through its management activities, the Park ensures their long-term survival.
Celebrating Natura Day is an invitation and request to get involved in preserving the Natura network. Make the butterfly gesture with your hands, the symbol of Natura 2000 days, you have already made your contribution, and you can certainly do much more. All together even more.