Ecological investigations
and surveys
assessment in Natura 2000 sites
Guidance and training on impact assessment in Natura 2000 sites
Management plans for protected areas and traditional landscapes
Monitoring programmes
and surveys
ongoing research
of endangered species
Landscape and plant photography

Natura 2000: Management  and Monitoring


The other distingushing feature of Natura 2000 ist that it puts people at the heart of the process rather than on its periphery. This principle of collaboration is enshrined in the Habitat Directive, which requires that conservation measures "take account of the economic, social and cultural requirements and the regional and local characteristics of the aerea".
This breaks with the more traditional top-down approach of classic nature reserves, where people were tolerated rather than integrated."
EU-Kommission 2004: LIFE-Nature: communicating with stakeholders and the general public - Best practice examples for Natura 2000

  As the European Commission pointed out, a new approach is needed to build a consensus which understands the conservation objectives of the site and the human interaction with it.
Until now, German authorities have been strongly involved in the time and energy-consuming task of sites`s designation. In the same time, some of our European neighbours have engaged a constructive reflection in the specific task of managing Natura 2000 sites. The determination of appropriate conservation objectives and their practical implementation can be a complex task, especially for sites which strech over several adminstrative and territorial units.
Management an Monitoring in Natura 2000 sites:
The experince of our European neighbours

As a modest contribution to the Clearing-House Mechanism, we are happy to share with you the information and experience we gatheredon this topic.

Management and Monitoring
 in Natura 2000 sites:
The experince of our European neighbours

Powerpoint Presentation (in german): pdf: ~ 1,1MB
full text version (in german): pdf: ~985 KB

Management scheme for the estuary of the Lower Elbe
In the estuary of the Lower Elbe, important Natur 2000 Sites are very closely juxtaposed and integrated with areas of intense human activity such as shipping, industry, farming and tourism. In places like this, the idea that nature can be kept in a kind of ghetto is outdated and is doomed to fail. To live  sustainably with the estuary is to acknowledge man`s place in manging the site. On the other hand, man`s interaction with nature has to respect the dymamic forces of sea and river as well as thespecific conservation requirements of habitats and species. Appropriate Natura 2000 management offers opportunities of mutual advantage for nature users and nature conservationists.

Studies on behalf of the "Habitats" steering group of the German States Hamburg, Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein

Proposal for common crtiera for designation of sites hosting teh habitat type "Estuaries" in the Lower Elbe (Februar 2005) (in German)

Common objectives for conserving and improving
ecological values in the Sites of
Community Interest in the Estuary
of the Elbe (April 2005)
(in German)


Monitoring in Natura 2000-Gebieten
Assessment and evaluation schemes
for Habitats of Annex I and Species of Annex II
in Hamburg


Monitoring of Priority species Oenanthe Conioides
in the new wadden sea of Hanöver Sand
(compensation measure for impacts
in the Estuary of Elbe)
Report 2004 (in German): pdf: ~1,1MB

Selected references