European Natura 2000 Award
The 2015 Natura 2000 Award Ceremony took place on 23 May 2016 in the Berlaymont building, Brussels.
Commissioner Vella and members of the high level jury revealed the winners of the 2016 Natura 2000 Award.
“I am once again honoured to be here tonight to recognise the fantastic work undertaken by the winners and all of the finalists in preserving our common natural heritage" said the Commissioner. "These initiatives have gone a long way towards ensuring that nature’s benefits keep flowing for many years to come. This year, over 37 000 people cast a vote for their favourite project to win the EU Citizens’ Award, which is a 50 % increase from last year. This goes to show just how important these awards are for increasing awareness about Europe-wide efforts to promote biodiversity.”
Demonstrating success in blanket bog restoration at the RSPB / United Utilities partnership - United Kingdom [find out more]
Nature Concerthall - Latvia [find out more]
Creating green corridors for biodiversity under high-tension lines - Belgium and France [find out more]
For the Balkans and the People: Nature Protection and Sustainable Rural Development - Bulgaria [find out more]
Europe’s rarest waterbird benefits from a team effort in conservation - Bulgaria, Greece, Finland, Hungary and Norway [find out more]
Collaboration between Public and Private Bodies saves the Iberian lynx from extinction - Spain 
The Ceremony was a vibrant event, with over 250 participants including representatives of all the finalists, jury members, evaluators, members of the press, EC representatives, EU-wide environmental NGOs, national/regional environmental NGOs, institutes and universities, and permanent representatives of the EU Member States and Regions.