Report 2012

Natura 2000 Network
Designation The designation is complete. BirdLife Hungary insisted on the some recent SPA designation and enlargement, respectively Zselic and Jászság.

The outcomes of the bilateral biogeographical negotiation in 2011 do not require additional designation.

However a recent political decision about a development project in a Natura 2000 site and the associated compensation through enlargement of other areas raise concerns.

Conservation  - up General management prescriptions are available in the Natura 2000 governmental regulation. Some more basic management prescriptions exist for grasslands in a specific grassland regulation.

In 2011 management prescriptions were assessed and modified by conservation bodies in woodland management plans for privately owned Natura 2000 forests.

Some 35 site-specific Natura 2000 management plans were produced through various conservation projects.

A ministerial regulation entered into force in 2012, aiming to finance the elaboration of approx. 240 Natura 2000 management plans.[1]

Financing  – Work on a Prioritised Action Framework (PAF) was initiated. Natura 2000 specific measures are funded mainly through EU rural development funding, this covers Natura 2000 compensation on grasslands, Agri-environment payment, Increased uptake on areas with High Natural Values of non-productive investments, Natura 2000 compensation payments on forested areas, Forest-environment measures, and Management planning.

Large scale habitat development in state owned protected and Natura 2000 areas is based on the national Environment and Energy Programme. Intensive species protection, monitoring and management planning is financed through LIFE projects and the ‘Swiss Contribution’.


[1] Birdlife Hungary plays an active role in Natura 2000 management planning as a consortium leader of a newly started Swiss Contribution project (SH/4/8 – Sustainable conservation on Hungarian Natura 2000 sites).