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7. Public participation

There are a number of Fora relating to Natura 2000

The European Habitats Forum is a coalition of 17 NGO networks (e.g.,IUCN, Birlife International, Planta Europa, EUCC, WWF , etc.) that provide input and advice to DG Environment and EU Member State Nature Directors, particularly relating to the implementation of the Birds and Habitats Directives and the establishment of the Natura 2000 network.

The European Landowners' Organisation (ELO), created in 1972, is a unique federation of national associations from the EU27 and beyond, which represents the interests of landowners, land managers and rural entrepreneurs at the European political level. The Natura 2000 Users' Forum was created by ELO and its partners to think about the challenges, the constraints and the opportunities land users have to face in Natura 2000 areas.

The European Commission, in close cooperation with Member States and stakeholders, has elaborated guidance documents with regard to the management of Natura 2000 sites. This webpage should contribute to enhancing the exchange of information, experience and good practice on Natura 2000 management.

LIFE+, the new Financial Instrument for the Environment, entered into force with the publication of the Regulation in the Official Journal L149 of 9 June 2007, for more information of LIFE+ funding please consult the website.

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