Natura 2000 Day & LIFE Project Anniversary, Sunday 21 May 2017

May 12, 2017 2:48 pm

Date:            Sunday, 21 May 2017

Time:           10:00 – 16:00

Locations:  Għadira – Is-Simar – Il-Majjistral Visitor Centre

On Sunday 21st May 2017, at BirdLife Malta’s nature reserves and Il-Majjistral Park, we are going to be celebrating a day of outstanding achievements for our Natura…

To mark the 25th Anniversary of the Habitats Directive and of the LIFE Programme, the European Commission together with the European Parliament, the Council Presidency and the Committee of the Regions declared 21st May as “European Natura 2000 Day”. The declaration was signed at a special event at the European Commission premises in Brussels on 15th May 2017.

It was the 21st of May 1992 when two successful European measures were approved for the preservation of our unique natural heritage, the LIFE Programme and of the Habitats Directive. The Habitats Directive created Natura 2000 – the heart of EU nature policy – a network of protected areas which also includes the sites designated under the Birds Directive (approved in 1979). This makes up 18% of the EU’s land area and almost 6% of its marine territory, consisting of more than 27,000 sites across Europe, and more than 30 in Malta!

Despite its long history of supporting our precious enviornment and its ecological, social and economic importance, the Natura 2000 and LIFE Projects are only known by a small number of citizens so we want to raise awareness and celebrate all of this amazing work!

This is a free event for adults, youths, children and families.

Every donation will help to sustain reserves and vital enviornmental actions!

The reserves will be open to the public.
Booking is suggested for the morning seminar at Il-Majjistral Park. Please email: [email protected]

Come and find out more!

  • 10:00 – 16:00
    Għadira Nature Reserve

    ERA Info StandEnvironment and Resources Authority
    25 years of EU supporting Nature – 1.00-2.00 pm – Presentation by BirdLife Malta
    Environmental education for kids – Activities and games by BirdLife Malta


  • 10:00 – 12.30
    Il-Majjistral Park Visitor Centre

    BirdLife Malta and ERA Info Stands
    Discover Natura 2000 – Morning seminar
    10:10   Introduction
    10:10   Overview of the Natura 2000 network in Malta by Christopher Cousin from ERA
    10:35   Għadira, Is-Simar and Salina presented by Raymond Vella from BirdLife Malta
    11:00   Il-Majjistral Park presented by Darren Saliba
    11:25    Coffee Break
    11:45    LIFE Arċipelagu Garnija project, by Martin Austad from BirdLife Malta
    12:10    Għar Dalam, by John Joseph Borg from the National Museum of Natural History


  • 10:00 – 16:00
    Is-Simar Nature Reserve

    25 years of EU supporting Nature – Presentation by BirdLife Malta experts
    Environmental education for kids – Activities and games by BirdLife Malta


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