Natura 2000 areas were designated in 2004. Acording to the conclusions of bilateral meeting with European Comission in 2014 the Natura 2000 network was expanded in 2016. Natura 2000 area cover 7681 km2 or 37,50% of the total area and 7676 km2 or 37,87 % of the terrestrial area of the country.
Natura 2000 areas are a part of the ecologically important areas which are areas of national important habitat types, their parts or larger ecosistem units significantly contribute to biodiversity conservation. Ecollogically imortant areas cover almost 53 % of the total area of Republic of Slovenia.
This indicator shows the Natura 2000 network, presenting the areas most suitable for preservation or achievement of a favourable state of species and habitats in the EU and Slovenia's interests. Protection measures and measures for modified use of natural assets are to be carried out in these areas.
Natura 2000 sites (the EU's ecological network) were designated by the Decree on special protection areas (Natura 2000 areas), Official gazette of the RS, Nos. 49/04, 110/04, 59/07. Sites of Community Interest (SCI) were defined on the basis of the Habitats Directive (Council Directive 92/43/EEC) and Special Protection Areas (SPA) have been designated on the basis of the Birds Directive (Council Directive 79/409/EEC). SPA and SCI areas partially overlap.
Register of Natura 2000 areas, Slovenian Environment Agency, 2021 (18. 05. 2021)
Natura 2000 Barometer, 2021 (18.05.2021)
SPA (Birds Directive) in % [%]
SCI (Habitats Directive) in % [%]
SPA (Birds Directive) [km2]
SCI (Habitats Directive) [km2]
Register of Natura 2000 areas, Slovenian Environment Agency, 2021, Register of ecologically important areas, Slovenian Environment Agency, 2021 (18. 05. 2021)
Ecologically important areas (EPO – no overlapping) [%]
Unprotected areas [%]
Ecologically important areas (EPO – no overlapping) [ha]
Unprotected areas [ha]
To preserve a favourable state of plant and animal species, their habitats and habitat types.