Romania and Bulgaria now rank among the top member states for completion of the Natura 2000 programme, according to the commission’s latest update on the habitats- and species-protection scheme.
In the past year, Romania has added 116 new sites under the scheme, improving the protection of forest and grassland habitats and of species of large carnivores, amphibians and freshwater fish.
Bulgaria added three sites and extended the borders of existing ones, boosting protection of species such as the lynx and wolf.
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