Comparison of costs and benefits of investing in nature conservation in Denmark and available EU funding for Natura 2000
- The terrestrial Natura 2000 Network, the cornerstone for biodiversity conservation in the EU, covers 8.9% of the total area of Denmark.
- Most of Denmark is cultivated: 60% is farmland, 16% is forest or heath and 7% is lakes, rivers and wetland areas. Danish Natura 2000 hosts 60 different types of habitats.
- In Denmark, property in natural environments, when compared to similar property elsewhere, sell for a 25% higher price.
- In the last 20 years, Denmark invested EUR 79.4 million of European funding (LIFE programme) to directly support the environment. In comparison, Denmark invested the same amount of EU funds in 2010 to develop a motorway between Copenhagen and Berlin.