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European Natura 2000 Award

Pictures of the winnings sites and the Award Ceremony can be downloaded here: Natura 2000 Awards press material.

This year the European Commission has launched a new Award designed 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.

With the evaluation process complete, a shortlist of 22 Natura 2000 projects was selected from the 163 applications received for the 2014 Natura 2000 Award. Five winners, one for each award category, were chosen by a high-level Jury and their names announced at a prestigious Award Ceremony in Brussels on 21 May 2014.

Welcome to the European Natura 2000 Award website

Here you can find all you need to know about this new European initiative. You could read summaries of the applications, learn more about the applicants and activities implemented, find out the location of the projects and follow all steps of the competition.

Applications 2014

The first call for Natura 2000 Award applications is closed. We have received 163 projects submitted under five main categories. Find out more about the applicants, their projects, their achievements on the Applications page.

Conservation

Green pearls in the Dolomites: protecting biodiversity by restoring abandoned meadows - Italy

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Rosalia alpina and pollards: improving habitats through cultural practices - Spain


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Socio-economic benefits

Protection of the largest maternity colony of Geoffroy’s bat in Austria through sustainable tourism - Austria

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Tarnava Mare: promoting viability of agricultural communities to protect a Natura 2000 landscape - Romania

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Communication

The biodiversity of Natura 2000 Upper Tisa and Ronisoara Forest is a great unknown - Romania


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Natura 2000 goes to school - Austria



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Reconciling interests/perceptions

A regional partnership between N2K and forestry experts, for Natura 2000 forests and associated species - France

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The site Natura 2000 Plopeni Forest: management plan, ways to act and awareness - Romania


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Networking and cross-border cooperation

De Groote Meer, pearl of the Brabantse Wal - Netherlands


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Activities of the Natura 2000 Working Group of CEEweb for Biodiversity - Bulgaria

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