In addition to the five category winners, the public can vote online for their favourite finalist application. The finalist receiving the most votes is rewarded with the “European Citizens’ Award”. Over 60 000 votes have been cast during the last two awards - an amazing achievement that shows just how much the European public cares about Natura 2000.
Past European Citizens’ Awards went to :
- 2016: Collaboration between public and private bodies saves the Iberian lynx from extinction in Spain - this project involved establishing dtewardship agreements and voluntary contracts with private owners, managers and hunting clubs in six Natura 2000 sites, in order to reduce the hunting pressure on rabbits and secure lynx-friendly land management across more than 95,000 ha. (more)
- 2015: Natura 2000 Day - this high profile and innovative project created a "European Natura 2000 Day" as part of a LIFE+ project connecting people with biodiversity to showcase Natura 2000 in action. 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. (more)