Celebrating 20 years of EU Nature Protection in Poland
In some European countries took place celebratory events of 20th anniversary of two key instruments for the conservation and sustainable use of nature in the EU: the Habitats Directive and LIFE, the EU financing programme for the environment. The events took place among others in Poland.
At the seat of Warta Mouth National Park in Chyrzyno (Lubuskie Voivodeship) on 1 June 2012 a conference was held on the programmes of Natura 2000 and LIFE. At the same time in nearby Słońsk people gathered during the “Picnic with Nature” - outdoor event for education and fun for children and adolescents.
"We can demonstrate that thanks to legal protection and LIFE projects many species now grows far more successful" - said at the conference manager for environmental protection in the European Commission's DG Environment Stefan Leiner.
Director of environmental protection in the German Ministry of the Environment Elsa Nickel praised Poland for the rapid implementation of the Habitats Directive and the Natura 2000 network. "After 20 years of establishment of the Natura 2000 network and implementing the Habitats Directive in Germany we have a good experience. There was not a single infrastructure project, one of infrastructure investment, which would have failed due to the introduction of the Habitats Directive and the Natura 2000 network. Natura 2000 does not become an instrument who would sabotage, boycott economic development"- said Nickel.
According to Deputy General Director for Environmental Protection Piotr Otawski Natura 2000 network works because in spite of many infrastructure projects it manages to preserve the principles of nature conservation.
Natura 2000 is the largest system of protected areas in the world and occupy almost 20 percent. of the EU. In Poland, the network covers almost 20 percent. land area of the country.
(source: Polish Press Agency; European Commission)
(photos available at: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/nature/event2012.htm)