Natura 2000 is a network of core breeding and resting sites for rare and threatened species, and some rare natural habitat types which are protected in their own right. It stretches across all 28 EU countries, both on land and at sea. 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.
According to the Italian Law on Protected Areas (L. 394/91), Parks have as main objective the conservation of natural resources in harmony with the social and economic development of local people.
The most important activities the Park carries on are therefore scientific research, monitoring, regulation and active protection in the managed sites: