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Winner of the Networking & Cross-Border Cooperation Award: Quality standards for management plans of Natura 2000 sites in Spain

04/07/2014

The Networking & Cross-Border Cooperation Award went to a technical cooperation network in Spain for establishing quality standards for the development of management plans for Natura 2000 sites, as well as a reference website on the state of the Natura 2000 network in Spain. Rebollar de Navalpotro in Guadalajara is one area where these actions have been successfully applied, showing how Natura 2000 is not only a network of species and habitats, but also a network of people.

 

Winner of the Reconciling Interests/Perceptions Award: The LIFE + 3WATER Project, a model for sustainable cooperation

04/07/2014

The Reconciling Interests/Perceptions Award went to a project in the Vijvergebied van Midden Limburg site in Belgium. Landowners and users, nature organisations and authorities – once in conflict over nature conservation – now work together. This is the result of the innovative 3E approach: Ecology, Economy, Education. The aim is to ensure that the Natura 2000 network in the north-east of Belgium remains a viable place for nature, business and tourism.

 

Winner of the Communication Award: Rediscovered steppes of the Louny region

04/07/2014

The Communication Award went to Raná-Hrádek in the Czech Republic for promoting the importance of dry grassland habitats in the Louny region. A 'Celebration of the steppes' event attracts 1000 people every year in May. It is the annual high-point of the Czech Nature Conservation Agency's efforts to protect the sites in North Bohemia. The project raises awareness amongst EU citizens about the value of natural heritage.

 

Winner of the Socio-Economic Benefits Award: Promoting the viability of agricultural communities to protect a Natura 2000 landscape

04/07/2014

An initiative in Sighișoara-Târnava Mare, Romania, won the Socio-Economic Benefits Award, with an impressive example of Natura 2000 providing economic growth and sustainable livelihoods in rural areas. The project enables farmers to make a better living, while also preserving a unique landscape with rich biodiversity. Thanks to the project 2300 farming families in the region generate income of more than €2.5 million annually, and similar ideas are now being applied in other parts of Romania.

 

Inaugural Natura 2000 Award winners announced

04/07/2014

The five winners of the first Natura 2000 Award were announced at a ceremony in Brussels on 21 May. Commissioner Janez Potočnik opened the proceedings by welcoming all 22 finalists and praising the successes of the Natura 2000 network.

 

Winner of the Conservation Award: Saving the imperial eagle

04/07/2014

The Conservation Award went to a project for saving the imperial eagle in Sakar, Bulgaria. Thanks to the work of the project team and the cooperation between conservationists and private companies, the local population of this threatened species has been brought back from close to extinction.

 

Inaugural Natura 2000 Award shortlist announced

22/04/2014

The shortlist of finalists for the inaugural Natura 2000 Award has been announced and is available online. Registration for the Award ceremony on May 21st is now open.

 

A celebration of Europe’s natural diversity

22/04/2014

In this inaugural Natura 2000 Award, the response surpassed all expectations. A total of 163 applications were received, covering all five Award categories – Conservation, Socio-Economic Benefits, Communication, Reconciling Interests/Perceptions, and Networking and Cross-Border Cooperation.

 

The evaluation process

22/04/2014

All admissible and eligible applications have been evaluated and a provisional shortlist of 22 delivered to the Jury.

 

The Jury

22/04/2014

Our high-level Jury is now reviewing the applications and selecting a winner for each of the five Award categories. This Jury reflects the values and diversity of the network by representing stakeholders who have played a key role in making Natura 2000 such a success.

 

Measuring citizen attitudes to biodiversity

03/02/2014

European citizens are passionate about protecting biodiversity. According to a recent opinion poll, almost two-thirds agree that the EU should increase the areas where nature is protected in Europe, while nine out of ten agree that halting biodiversity loss is important for our quality of life.

 

Learn, explore, network ... on ‘the Natura 2000 Platform’

03/02/2014

Learn about the latest actions, cooperation and results in Natura 2000, explore the habitats knowledge base, network with site managers ... all on the Natura 2000 Communication Platform.

 

Natura 2000 Viewer ... locate a site near you

03/02/2014

The Natura 2000 Viewer application enables users to locate Natura 2000 sites all over Europe. This user-friendly online tool can also be used to look for particular species and habitats in the 27,000+ registered sites.

 

Welcoming Croatia to the network

03/02/2014

Over a third of Croatia’s land area is set to be included in the Natura 2000 network, reflecting not only the country’s strong commitment to nature conservation but also to its remarkable biodiversity.