UNEP/GRID-Warsaw Centre promotes knowledge about Natura 2000 network. We provide tools for environmental data management, including information about Natura 2000 sites.


Natura 2000 is an EUwide network of nature protection areas established to assure the long-term survival of Europe's most valuable and threatened species and habitats, and ensuring that future management of these areas is sustainable, both ecologically and economically.

The network was established under two European directives: the Habitats Directive and Birds Directive. It is comprised of Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) designated under the Habitats Directive, and also incorporates Special Protection Areas (SPAs) which were designated under the Birds Directive. Natura 2000 protects about 20% of the land in Poland. There have been about 1000 sites designated so far.