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Jouni Rauhala
phone 029 503 7501
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Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment for Lapland
Hallituskatu 5 C, 96101 ROVANIEMI

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Natura 2000 network

Natura 2000 is the centrepiece of EU nature & biodiversity policy. It is an EUwide network of nature protection areas established under the 1992 Habitats Directive. The aim of the network is to assure the long-term survival of Europe's most valuable and threatened species and habitats


Habitat fragmentation is a primary threat to populations and species. In a fragmented landscape, isolated subpopulations are expected to experience reduced population viability and greater risk of extinction. Colonization and gene flow between habitat patches can mitigate these effects. Corridors are a popular strategy to conserve biodiversity, facilitate movements of individuals, and promote gene flow in fragmented landscapes.

The significance of ecological connectivity in biodiversity conservation has been widely recognised. The EU Habitat and Bird Directives include provisions to enhance ecological connectivity between protected areas and across larger entities. The main target of the project is to improve ecological connections within landscapes and raise biodiversity of forests outside the conservation areas.

The most common habitat types in the Natura 2000 sites of the project are:

  • Aapa mires
  • Bog woodland
  • Western taiga
  • Alkaline fens
  • Herb-rich forests with Picea abies

Natural forests of primary succession stages of landupheavel coast