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The 2015 winners have been announced!

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European Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella and jury members with the European Natura 2000 Award winners 2015. Click on the photo to view the ceremony multimedia presentation.

The winners of the six 2015 Natura 2000 Awards have been announced at a high profile Award Ceremony on 21 May.
Over 200 people were present in Brussels to hear the European Commissioner for Environment, Karmenu Vella, and members of the high level Jury, announce the winners of the six awards.
And the winners are

Conservation: Blue Reef - Restoration of Stone Reefs in Kattegat

Læsø Trindel og Tønneberg Banke, Denmark

Communication: Long Live Life! Biodiversity Meets Communities

Bodanrück und westlicher Bodensee, Germany

Socio-economic benefits: Vultures: Providing Gains for Nature and Communities

Gorges du Tarn et de la Jonte, France

Reconciling interests/perceptions: Favourable Social Environments for Bear Conservation

Fuentes del Narcea, Degaña e Ibias, Spain

Cross-border cooperation and Networking: DANUBEPARKS - Bridging Natura 2000 Sites Along the Danube River Habitat Corridor

Transnational: 30 Natura 2000 Sites, 9 Danube Countries

Citizens' Award: Natura 2000 Day

Transnational: Europe-Wide

The winners were presented with a Natura 2000 Award trophy and certificate.  In the coming months, they will also receive support to organise an event in their country to further highlight their achievements.

Congratulations to all the winners, but congratulations also to all the applicants who submitted an application this year.  They are all winners and their efforts to conserve Europe's nature are much appreciated.

The European Commission launched the Natura 2000 Award to celebrate and promote best practices for nature conservation in Europe. The Award aims to bring the success of the Natura 2000 network to the public’s attention and to demonstrate its importance for protecting biodiversity across Europe. The initiative rewards excellence in the management and promotion of the network and its objectives.

Natura 2000 works to assure the long-term survival of Europe's most valuable and threatened species and habitats, and is the centrepiece of the EU's nature and biodiversity policy.