Natura 2000 is the name of a coherent ecological network of special European protected areas.
Natura 2000's primary objective is to preserve biodiversity in Europe. The European Community set an important milestone in the conservation and development of biodiversity in Europe in May 1992 with the adoption of the Fauna-Flora-Habitat (FFH) Directive, which, among other things, undertook Member States to establish the Natura 2000 Network of Protected Areas. It consists of the protected areas of the 1979 Birds Directive and the protected areas of the Habitats Directive, which have been defined in a two-stage procedure following national and EU-wide assessment.
The Natura 2000 sites in Rhineland-Palatinate are designated by the State Nature Conservation Act. Under the responsibility of the senior nature conservation authorities at the North Structural and Authorisation Directorate or Structural and Authorisation Directorate South, management plans for these protected areas are drawn up, describing the vulnerability of their species and habitats and the possibilities for their safety and development. The preservation of NATURA 2000 sites in good condition is of particular importance for nature conservation.
Wherever possible, the necessary measures should be implemented through contractual agreements with the owners and users of the base areas.