Sustainable conservation on Hungarian Natura 2000 sites

Projekt abgeschlossen

Countrywide surveys and assessments of data-deficient forest and wetland species and habitats deliver lacking data necessary to decide on corrective measures. Based on the data, management plans for Natura 2000 areas are elaborated in close cooperation with all stakeholders as farmers or the forest industry. The plans contain corrective measures and will contribute to preserve the areas combining the interests of environment and economy. 


Land/Region Thema Periode Budget
Umwelt schützen
01.04.2012 - 31.10.2016
CHF  2’009’174

Note: the texts under all the headings, with the exception of 'Results achieved', describe the situation before the start of the project.

Hintergrund The first country report on the implementation of Natura 2000 in Hungary and the situation of species and habitats of community interest highlight that the conservation status of certain water-related and forest habitats is unfavorable or bad in the Pannonian biogeographical region Hungary is belonging to. According to the country report, only 25 % of the species and 11 % of the habitats of community importance have a favorable conservation status in Hungary. The report further states that there is not enough information necessary for assessing the exact conservation status of all protected species and habitats.


The conservation status of 12 Natura 2000 areas with forests and wetlands is improved in coherence with European and Hungarian regulations. For this purpose, newly elaborated management plans lay a sound basis for an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable management of these Natura 2000 areas.


Farmers, forestry, National Park Directorates, professional conservation organisations, green NGOs, research institutions, politicians, Ministry of Rural Development.


In a first step, countrywide surveys and assessments for data-deficient forest and wetland species and habitats shall be carried out. On the basis of this data, 12 management plans of Natura 2000 areas shall be elaborated with participation of stakeholders such as farmers or forestry. In the regions of Mátra and Kiskunság, the implementation of two plans will be closely monitored in practice and lessons learnt will be used to finalize all the management plans.


Erreichte Resultate:  

  • 12 Natura 2000 management plans were elaborated setting the conservation requirements for approximately 100’000 hectares and defining necessary actions for ensuring the conservation status of 108 species
  • The conservation status of 80 species and 25 habitats could be maintained or improved
  • Additional protection measures for 500 ha of Natura 2000 sites
  • A web solution for ensuring effective data exchange between the project and the Nature Conversation Information System was developed
  • A field guide for farmland bird, fishpond managers, forest owners and game managers was developed

Verantwortliche Direktion/Bundesamt DEZA
Kreditbereich Schweizer Beitrag an die erweiterte EU
Projektpartner Vertragspartner
Ausländische staatliche Institution
  • National State Institute North

Budget Laufende Phase Schweizer Beitrag CHF    2’009’174 Bereits ausgegebenes Schweizer Budget CHF    1’906’200

Phase 1 01.04.2012 - 31.10.2016   (Completed)