What is Natura 2000?
The Tarnava Mare area was included in the EU Natura 2000 network in 2008. Natura 2000 is the European Union’s network of protected areas. Its aim is to safeguard Europe’s biodiversity and to promote biodiversity - friendly economic activities.
The Natura 2000 Network is the EU’s main instrument for nature conservation, under which habitats and associated species are protected, with economic activities permitted that do not damage those habitats and species identified for protection. Within a Natura 2000 area, a range of protection measures can be taken, suited to local conditions.
Selection as Natura 2000 site is recognition of an area’s importance at an European level - a source of pride for local communities that also offers considerable economic opportunities.