25th Anniversary

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This year we are celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the LIFE Programme and of the Habitats Directive, both approved on 21st May 1992. Since then they have successfully contributed to the preservation of our unique European natural heritage.

The Habitats Directive created the EU Natura 2000 Network of protected areas which also includes the sites designated under the Birds Directive. Consisting of more than 27 000 sites, the Natura 2000 Network is one of EU's outstanding achievements.

To mark the 25th Anniversary of the LIFE Programme and of the Habitats Directive, all LIFE project are invited to organise an open day in May 2017 or first half of June 2017 to communicate to stakeholders, local community and media about their work and to raise awareness of the considerable achievements of the EU nature legislation and the LIFE Programme in protecting our nature.