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European Natura 2000 Award

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.

The first call for applications, launched on 19 December 2013, is now over. The applications submitted will now be evaluated. The 5 winners, one in each category, will receive their prizes at a special 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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