Nature 2000 is a network of nature protected areas, declared in all countries of the European Union with the purpose of nature protection. In order to implement the aims of the Birds Directive and Habitats Directive, Natura 2000 ecological network was set up. Sites are defined by each member country. Each country had to select areas for the protection of important EU species and habitats. In Natura 2000 site Goričko we are protecting 14 species of birds, one plant species, 24 species of animals, and 7 types of habitats. In Slovenia, the Natura 2000 sites have been declared in 2004, when Slovenia joined the EU.
Natura 2000 site Goričko is designated for the protection of 14 bird species.
Eleocharis carniolica is the only protected plant species in Natura 2000 site Goričko.
The Natura 2000 site Goričko is disignated for the protection of 24 animal species.
Rare and species rich meadows, forests and wetlands are protected as Natura 2000 habitat types.