The 2016 finalists have been announced!
Vote for your favourite now! The application with the highest number of votes will receive the EU Citizen's Award!
Registration is open for the Award Ceremony to be held from 6pm to 7.30pm on 23 May 2016.
83 applications were submitted to this year's Award. The evaluation process has been underway since December and has now whittled the applications down to a short-list of 24 finalists. View the finalist application summaries here.
Don't forget that the public vote is also open and this is your chance to support your favourite application (visit the Citizens' Award page for more details). The voting will be closed at midnight on 8 May 2016.
Winners of the five category awards and the Citizens' Award will be announced at the high level Ceremony from 6pm to 7.30pm on 23 May 2016. Register now and participate in this unique event. Registrations will close at midnight on 8 May 2016.
Natura 2000 works to ensure 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 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 first two 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. Visit the winning sites from 2014 and 2015 and find out more about their impressive achievements.