Natura 2000 Award
The winners of the six 2015 Natura 2000 Awards have been announced at a high profile Award Ceremony on 21 May.
Over 200 people were present in Brussels to hear the European Commissioner for Environment, Karmenu Vella, and members of the high level Jury, announce the winners of the six awards.
And the winners are …
Conservation: Blue Reef - Restoration of Stone Reefs in Kattegat
Læsø Trindel og Tønneberg Banke, Denmark
Communication: Long Live Life! Biodiversity Meets Communities
Bodanrück und westlicher Bodensee, Germany
Socio-economic benefits: Vultures: Providing Gains for Nature and Communities
Gorges du Tarn et de la Jonte, France
Reconciling interests/perceptions: Favourable Social Environments for Bear Conservation
Fuentes del Narcea, Degaña e Ibias, Spain
Cross-border cooperation and Networking: DANUBEPARKS - Bridging Natura 2000 Sites Along the Danube River Habitat Corridor
Transnational: 30 Natura 2000 Sites, 9 Danube Countries
Citizens' Award: Natura 2000 Day
The winners were presented with a Natura 2000 Award trophy and certificate. In the coming months, they will also receive support to organise an event in their country to further highlight their achievements.
Congratulations to all the winners, but congratulations also to all the applicants who submitted an application this year. They are all winners and their efforts to conserve Europe's nature are much appreciated.
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 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.