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European Natura 2000 Citizens’ Award

2016 European Natura 2000 Citizens' Award winner announced

Collaboration between public and private bodies saves the Iberian lynx from extinction

European Environment Commission, Karmenu Vella, presented applicants the Consejería de Medio Ambiente y Ordenacion del Territorio, Junta de Anadalucía with this coveted prize.  This application amassed nearly 6 000 votes during the public vote.  Over 37 000 votes were cast in all for the 24 finalists - an amazing achievement that shows just how much the European public cares about Natura 2000. [read more about the winner]

Congratulations to them for their success, and thank you to everyone who voted!

The European Natura 2000 Citizens' Award was launched in 2015 by the European Commission as part of the Natura 2000 Award initiative. The Citizens' Award is awarded to the finalist application that receives the most votes from the public.

Natura 2000 Day - In 2015, this high profile and innovative project captured the public’s imagination though its creation of the "European Natura 2000 Day". Since 2013, it has also reached out to an estimated 3 million social network accounts with photographs of its “butterfly hands” gesture, which is dedicated to the conservation of a particular Natura 2000 site in Europe each year.