The EU recently designated Ta’ Cenc habitat as a Special Area for Conservation under the European Natura 2000 network. The network dates back to 1991 and protects the most important wildlife areas and species in Europe. It also aims to keep the planet habitable and beautiful, encouraging richness in the food, energy, wood, raw materials, clean air and clean water that make life possible and which drive our economy. However it also looks to ensure our natural environment for less tangible things such as aesthetic pleasure, artistic inspiration and recreation.
 
Ta’ Cenc is one of 25,000 protected areas within the EU Member States, which essentially safe guards the vast array of endemic, and sometimes unique, species found in this lush natural region.