NaturallyEST: Piloting Natura2000 communication in Estonia

The overall objective of the LIFE project is to enhance communication in the society, especially the local communities and landowners and nature conservation stakeholders.

The objectives of the project are:

- to help to solve Natura2000 related conflicts between local communities and conservation administration;

- to use solved cases for storytelling about Natura2000 as a flexible and efficient tool for nature conservation;

- to improve Natura2000 overall image for Estonians to promote the implementation of the Habitat and Birds Directive;

- to share lessons in the Eastern European region.

Project partners: Estonian Fund for Nature,  Environmental Law Centre, University of Tartu, Nature Bus.

Estonian Environmental Board, although not an official partner, is actively participating in project’s activities.

Project Managers

Mari Kaisel ( and Silvia Lotman (

Budget info:

Project "Piloting Natura2000 communication in Estonia" is implemented with the contribution of the LIFE financial instrument  of the European Community

Total amount: 654 350 euros

EC Co-funding: 60%

Co-financer: Estonian Environmental Investment Centre

LIFE is the EU’s financial instrument supporting environmental, nature conservation and climate action projects throughout the EU. The LIFE Information & Communication thematic strand is focusing on raising awareness and communicating on environmental, nature protection or biodiversity conservation issues.

Natura 2000 is the largest coordinated network of protected areas in the world. The aim of the network is to ensure the long-term survival of Europe's most valuable and threatened species and habitats, listed under both the Birds Directive  and the Habitats Directive.

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