What is LIFE+?

LIFE+ is the European Union’s finance programme to support environmental and nature conservation projects. NATURA conservation projects to preserve natural habitats and wild animal and plant species in the NATURA 2000 network sites are financed from the programme LIFE+ Nature and Biodiversity. The measures of the project “Woodlands – Water – Wilderness” are implemented in NATURA 2000 sites in the National Park Eifel; they provide the basis to further preserve the habitats, animal and plant species typical of this region.

What means
NATURA 2000?

NATURA 2000 is a network of protected areas in the European Union. NATURA 2000 sites are protected under two European directives – the Birds Directive and the Habitats Directive. The aim of the network is to assure the long-term survival of Europe's most valuable and threatened species and habitats and thus to conserve the biological diversity.

The aim of the Habitats Directive (92/43/EWG) is to preserve the natural habitats and thus to protect biodiversity within the European Union. The Directive includes those habitats, animal and plant species that deserve protection and are of European importance. However, the Directive is not confined solely to rare or critically endangered species; it can also take in habitats or species which are typical of a region and form an integral part of the native regional wildlife interest.

The Birds Directive protects all European wild bird species and protects the most important breeding, moulting and wintering sites as well as staging areas. The protected areas of both Directives together form the European NATURA 2000 network.