Comparison of costs and benefits of investing in nature conservation in Greece and available EU funding for Natura 2000
- The terrestrial Natura 2000 network covers 27.1% of the total area of Greece and its marine protected areas make up 2.6% of its total territorial waters.
- In Samothraki island, the attractive Natura 2000 site makes up 75% of its total area (178 km2), where their gross earnings for this small island with a population of less than 3,000 inhabitants, is about EUR 19 million annually, mostly coming from tourism.
- Job employment in Natura 2000 can range per site, depending on the size, conservation priorities, and financial investments. Each Greek Natura 2000 site has employed 20 scientific staff and up to 10 administrative and technical staff. A further 120 staff have been employed in 60 nature information centres in Natura 2000 sites. The more money is invested, the more jobs are created. A recent study illustrates that per EUR 1 billion investment in the Natura 2000 network, 29,000 jobs are created/sustained.