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Selection and evaluation

The selection process consists of three steps. The first step is an eligibility check. All eligible applications are assessed by a team of independent experts for their effectiveness, originality, durability, costs and benefits, and the extent to which they can be replicated elsewhere. The winners are then chosen by a Jury that includes representatives of the EU Institutions and different organisations active in the field of nature conservation.

Applications for 2014 are now closed.



Any entity or group based in the EU is entitled to apply. Applications must explicitly refer to Natura 2000, and can be made in any of the official EU languages.

Applications by multiple applicants are allowed, but one of the applicants has to be designated as the lead. Entrants must clearly present tangible results that have been achieved in the past five years. More details can be found in the Guidelines for Applicantspdf Choose translations of the previous link  .

Selection process

Each eligible application is assessed by an expert evaluator. A reasoned assessment is provided for applicants' responses to each heading or question.

Meet the evaluation team

Once the evaluations are completed, a panel establishes the final short list of applications. The shortlist is then sent to the European Commission for consideration by the Jury.

Meet the Jury