The 2018 Natura 2000 Award Ceremony took place on 17 May 2018 in the Berlaymont building, Brussels. Commissioner Vella and members of the high level jury revealed the winners.
And the winners are…
Partnership to stop the poisoning of imperial eagles – Hungary
Natura 2000: Connecting people with biodiversity – Spain
LIFE to alvars: restoration and grazing reintroduction for 2500 hectares of Estonian alvar grassland – Estonia
Co-existing with bears in the 21st century: Difficulties and achievements – Greece
Cross-border Cooperation and Networking
Joint conservation efforts across three continents to save the sacred bird – Greece and Bulgaria
European Citizens’ Award
School of Nature – Portugal
The Ceremony was a vibrant event, with representatives of all the finalists, jury members, evaluators, members of the press, EC representatives, EU-wide environmental NGOs, national/regional environmental NGOs, institutes and universities and permanent representatives of the EU Member States and Regions.
The Natura 2000 Award is designed to reward excellence in the management of Natura 2000 sites and showcase the added value of the network for local economies. It pays tribute to all those who are working tirelessly on making Natura 2000 an operational success whilst drawing public attention to its substantial achievements.
The first three years of the Natura 2000 Award highlighted the astonishing array of initiatives on and dedication to Natura 2000 management and promotion taking place right across Europe.