Our Vision

A Europe where nature is cared for,
protected, restored and valued by all

About Eurosite

Eurosite is working to create a Europe where nature is cared for, protected, restored and valued by all. We do this by providing practitioners with opportunities to network and exchange experience on practical nature management.

We are a network of natural site managers bringing together non-governmental as well as governmental organisations, and individuals committed to our vision. Nature knows no boundaries: we believe the future protection and conservation of Europe's nature will only be achieved through international cooperation.


Save the date for the 2nd part of the 5th Natura 2000 monitoring workshop

We are happy to announce that the second part of the 5th Natura 2000 monitoring workshop will take place from 23 to 25 May 2022 with experts giving workshops in field sites around Zagreb, Croatia. Please stay tuned for further information regarding registration, programme, and logistic details. Once registration opens, you will receive a message…

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Ukraine urgently needs our help!

Blue and yellow: the colours of EuropeBlue and yellow: the colours of EurositeBlue and yellow: the colours of the Ukrainian flag As we are shocked and saddened about Putin’s invasion in Ukraine, we are trying to do what we can to help the Ukrainian people. Over the last days, we have been in close contact…

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NADEG meeting on Private Land Conservation

On 19 January, Eurosite-ELCN co-hosted a meeting of the European Commission’s “Expert Group on the Nature Directives” (NADEG) on Tools and Incentives for Private Land Conservation. Traditionally, NADEG has coordinated the implementation of the EU’s core nature conservation legislation: the Birds Directive and the Habitats Directive (“the Nature Directives”). Lately, NADEG has expanded its scope and addressed the implementation of EU biodiversity policy more broadly. It is now…

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Management Planning survey

In 2019 at the Eurosite Anniversary Annual Meeting in Italy, the Eurosite Management Planning Expert Group (EMPEG) launched an online Management Planning Toolkit. The Toolkit is designed to support natural site managers in the creation and evaluation of their management plans. Similar to management plans, the Toolkit is continuously updated and further developed. To ensure…

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DYK Eurosite facilitates a working group on #remotesensing chaired by monitoring expert Clive Hurford of the @AberUni?

It emerged as a result of the previous #Natura2000 monitoring workshop in 2019 in @ebdonana @rikimore7

Interested? Join too!🌸🐞

https://t.co/lK3yHrqobV https://t.co/LlWcyF8Ulg
5th #Natura2000 monitoring workshop:

@BrunoCombal of @EU_ENV presents the EU #Grassland Watch prototype, outcome of @Cop4N2K: https://t.co/4T3OMwWaZf, enabling users to explore grassland cover & cover changes with freely available satellite data!🌾

@CopernicusEU @BioGeoProcess https://t.co/4NGPNMeGj7
Speaker @TheovdSluis @BioGeoProcess at the 5th #Natura2000 monitoring workshop:

“Natura 2000 is not only a network of protected areas, but also of people, requiring the involvement of Member States, NGOs & other stakeholders to reach #EUBiodiversity targets by 2030” #ForNature https://t.co/k2tEvHAfB4


Here you can find events hosted by Eurosite, Eurosite members and other organisations from across Europe (and sometimes outwith Europe) which could be of interest to European site managers.

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Eurosite's EES Working Group helps and supports members to take action on these issues and make ecosystem services work for them. Its goals are to:

  • Increase the number of protected areas implementing ecosystem services planning;
  • Increase awareness of the economic and environmental benefits of protecting and enhancing ecosystem services.

The EES Working Group was formed in 2013, meets regularly throughout the year and holds annual workshops on topics such as carbon sequestration.

Foreseen activities:

  • Developing an elaborated training programme on ecosystem services for site managers

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Building on wetlands and climate change work from 2014 and on request of Eurosite members, Eurosite established the Wetlands and Climate Change working group with the objectives to:

  • Increase exchange of knowledge on ecosystem-based approaches to adapt to and mitigate global climate change and adapting wetlands to global climate change;
  • Share information on international initiatives on wetlands and climate change;
  • Follow and react to the developments of policy and practice in relation to wetlands and climate change and their effects on the Natura 2000 network, and advocate best possible approaches;
  • Cooperate on the development of joint projects and identify funding sources.



Ever since our establishment in 1989 Eurosite has been providing guidance to its members, and the broader site managers' community, on how to prepare high quality management plans for their sites, considering all the relevant aspects and with the involvement of relevant stakeholders. As part of this work Eurosite has prepared several versions of Guidance on Management Planning, with the latest one dating back to 2005.

In the beginning of 2018 Eurosite established the Management Planning Expert Group with the goal to produce an updated version of the Eurosite Management Planning Guidance. During the Annual General Meeting in Budapest, Hungary, in September 2018, the Members of Eurosite have agreed to maintain this Expert Group as a permanent Working Group within Eurosite.



Building on the Interreg NWE funded project Care-Peat, the transnational Peatland Restoration and Management Group (PRMG) was established within Eurosite. The role of the Group will be to share knowledge, experiences and the development of new (transnational) projects around peatland restoration and management also beyond the Care-Peat Project and in the long term.

The PRMG aims to:

  • facilitate the knowledge exchange of peatland restoration, research, and management across the EU and build the knowledge base and examples of good practice;
  • involve as many relevant organisations and peatland projects as possible, tackling various issues related to peatland restoration and management;
  • developing an action plan for the roll-out of peatland restoration in NEW-region and wider.



In 2019, Eurosite organised the 4th Natura 2000 Monitoring workshop to bring these matters closer to managers of sites protected for nature conservation. The workshop was one of the networking events of the Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process. Here, the role of satellite and drone images in conservation monitoring and the usefulness of open source software packages that can increase the efficiency, accuracy and precision of our work was discussed. You can find the workshop report here. One of the main results of this fruitful meeting was the conclusion that there is a high demand among Eurosite members to create a new, permanent working group focused directly on remote sensing, hence the establishment of the ERSSG.

The ERSSG will focus on developing innovative, open tools supporting open access to biodiversity spatial data. The official strategy of the working group is currently being developed.


Photo by Edyta Mazur (Regional Board of Infrastructure in Kraków, Life Pustynia Błędowska)

Members Eurosite


Eurosite members are organisations and individuals from all over Europe committed to our vision.

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  1. […] Following the successful evaluation of the applications / dossiers of the Ainos National Park Management Agency, a particularly important extra action is now a fact, after the Agency has managed to join two international protected area networks, EUROPARC ( https://www.europarc.org/&nbsp😉 and EUROSITE ( https://www.eurosite.org/ ). […]

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