The highest share of protected land area in Slovenia and Croatia, lowest in Denmark
In 2019, Natura sites represented 20% or more of the total land area in 12 of the 27 EU Member States, with the highest shares recorded on the Balkan Peninsula: Slovenia (38%, or 7,700 km2), Croatia (37%, or 20,700 km2) and Bulgaria (35%, or 38,700 km2). Cyprus came 5th with 29% of its land area comprising Natura sites.
In contrast, the lowest shares of protected areas were observed in Denmark (8%, or 3,600 km2), Sweden (12%, or 55,600 km2) and Latvia (12%, or 7,400 km2).
Spotlight on protected marine areas
In 2019, more than 440 000 km2 of the EU’s marine waters were protected as marine Natura 2000 areas. This represents a 5% increase compared with 2018 and almost a 150% increase compared with 2013.
Source: In-Cyprus (Eurostat)