The European Day of Natura 2000 has been made official in 2017!
The European Day of Natura 2000, and officially celebrated every May 21.
Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, incorporating officially declared May 21 as European Day of Natura 2000 calendar of the European Union (EU). With the decision, the initiative of civil society-driven by SEO / BirdLife and the EFE Agency under the Life + Active Natura 2000 Network- goes on to become an official event held annually member states.
The May 21 is the Natura 2000 Day. A celebration in which we want to present and the value of this great network of protected present in all countries of the European Union to recognize spaces.
It is the first campaign that takes place in the field of EU citizens to know and show their support for this network of protected areas.
Under the slogan The simple flap of a butterfly can change the worldThe campaign calls for citizens Submit photo by a butterfly hands through the web www.natura2000day or social networks the hashtag #Natura2000Day.
Gestures 100,000 15,000 participants in nearly 500 activities, 20,000 students from over 160 schools and 24 countries,
They have celebrated the European Day of Natura 2000 network since its first edition in 2013.
Why May 21?
On 21 May 1992 approving the Habitats Directive, the great European standard, along wing Birds Directive has allowed the protection of spaces that form the Natura 2000 network Despite its 20-year history and its importance ecological, social and economic, the Natura 2000 network is barely known by the public.
27,000 protected areas and one million square kilometers across Europe form the Natura 2000 network, The biggest gamble of the European Union to preserve our most iconic species and habitats.
The European Day of Natura 2000 network of 2016 has been held more than 230 activities in which more than 6,000 people and 500 volunteers. Further, 9,000 students from 61 schools They have developed activities around the Natura 2000 network and about 20,000 have received information about it.
technical SEO / BirdLife and SPEA-the BirdLife partner in Portugal, from autumn reforested, and in collaboration with volunteers, and Cantiles Cortados Jarama in Madrid; The Albufera in Valencia; the environment and Alacandre Cinca rivers in Aragon; Doñana in Andalusia, the Delta del Ebro in Catalonia, and a forest of Laurissilva on the island of Madeira (Portugal).
In 2015, it was held in 24 European countries and some 20,000 people have raised their hands by the Red Natura 2000 making the gesture of the campaign.
The third edition European Day of Natura 2000 was held with more than 100 activities throughout Spain for the general public. Also, they have joined 79 schools in which they are scheduled educational activities to show students the richness of this great network of protected areas.
24 countries celebrate the third edition of the European Day of Natura 2000
Gestures by the Red Natura 2000
Thanks to all the gestures (photographs) received each year, the campaign promotes a conservation action in one of the 27,000 Natura 2000 network in Europe.
In 2015 the space chosen is the Havel River in Germany, one of the most important wetlands Natura 2000 Central Europe, In which they live thousands of species of conservation is threatened, being an important resting place for thousands of waterfowl.
In its third year of celebration, the European Day of the Natura 2000 network promoted by SEO/BirdLife, BirdLife Europe and the EFE has received the European Citizen Prize European Commission. This means it has been the most voted by the citizens of the 23 finalists from 14 countries of the EU.
In 2014 It has celebrdo in 19 European countries with the challenge to value this great network protected as a natural source of wealth and opportunities for social and economic development of European territories spaces.
With every citizen gesture got restaurar 25 square meters Rocina, the greatest contribution of water from the marshes of Doñana and 16 grams of lead pellets of Cerro de los Ansares withdrew.
19,000 gestures by the Red Natura 2000 – II edition
What happened to the First European Day of Natura 2000?
The first European Day of Natura 2000, a pioneering initiative in Europe leading SEO / BirdLife in the project Life Active Natura 2000 Network, and which has as a partner with EFE, was celebrated throughout Spain.
Citizens who sent their photos making a butterfly with hands, school who developed different activities in their centers, companies, NGOs and political parties who wanted to support the event, public figures who helped the spread of the campaign, the environmental management of the Union European, national and international whole family of SEO / BirdLife and the EFE Agency enabled the Natura 2000 network celebrated his first European Day as it deserves
A gesture by the Red Natura 2000
Aim this day and have a gesture with our protected areas of the Natura 2000 network, because even smaller gestures are powerful. Estamos convencidos que el simple aleteo de una mariposa puede cambiar el mundo, por ello te invitamos a que participes en esta campaña haciendo una mariposa con tus manos y a cambio llevaremos a cabo acciones de conservación en cada uno de los espacios protegidos ¡Éste es el verdadero efecto mariposa!
Ignorance we have citizens is one of the main problems of the Natura 2000 network, we help solve, recommend your friends to participate in the celebration of the European Day of Natura 2000.