Natura 2000 is a European network of nature conservation areas created under the 1992 Habitats Directive. In addition to the so-called habitat areas (Zone spéciale de conservation ZSC), the network also includes the bird protection areas (Zone de protection spéciale ZPS) designated under the 1979 Bird Protection Directive (updated version of 2009). The aim is to ensure the long-term survival of Europe’s most valuable and threatened species and habitats.
The area of the COPIL Uewersauer is strongly characterised by the element of water. Many small streams, located in hidden valleys, form the heart of this region together with the Upper-Sûre Reservoir, the largest contiguous body of water in the country. COPIL’s work is strongly oriented towards this and, for example, the creation of buffer strips around water bodies and the protection of wet meadows are focal points of it. But other, drier habitats such as meadows, heaths and forests also play an important role.