First Natura 2000 Day

May 22, 2013

Funding Scheme: 2013-05-22


The project ‘Conéctate a la Red Natura – Natura 2000: connecting people with biodiversity’ conducted under the LIFE + programme, and more particularly within the framework of the its information and communication component has enabled the establishment of a European day for Natura 2000.

Natura 2000 is an ecological network of protected natural, terrestrial and marine areas in the territory of the European Union, that are identified for the rarity or fragility of wild animal and plant species and their habitats.


The aim of this project is to raise awareness of the issues concerning the preservation of these areas through the media and social networks as part of an overall LIFE project goal of improving awareness of the Natura 2000 network in Spain and contribute to the appreciation of its maintenance.

To this end, the beneficiary has invited all Europeans to take a picture of their hands in the shape of a butterfly and upload it to the project website or social media platforms as a sign of their commitment to the Natura 2000 network. Alongside many ordinary citizens from across Spain and elsewhere in the EU, a number of well-known figures have made the ‘butterfly gesture’ in support of the Natura 2000 network, including world champion cyclist, Óscar Freire, renowned chef, Ferrán Adriá and journalist Pepe Oneto. Our photograph shows Environment Commissioner, Janez Potočnik lending his backing to the campaign. As well as the European Commission’s LIFE programme, the Natura 2000 Day is supported by the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment, the Biodiversity Foundation, Red Eléctrica, and the autonomous governments of Andalusia, Castilla y León, the Basque Country, Navarre, the Balearic Islands, Castile-La Mancha, Madrid and Cantabria.

The lead up to the first Natura 2000 Day has been marked by conservation actions throughout Spain’s Autonomous Communities, including many events involving children and schools. For more information; to upload your ‘butterfly gesture’ photo; or to follow the day’s events, visit the website:, the Facebook page (ActivaNatura2000), or the Twitter feed.

Url description: LIFE programme website