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The 2020 Natura 2000 Award is underway

The 2020 Natura 2000 Award is entering its final stage: the organisation of local events by the six winners of the 2020 Awards. Each winner will be invited to organise an event to celebrate their win. The events aim to further promote their activities at a local level, national and European level. They also serve to inform an ever-wider public about Natura 2000 and how it benefits us all. Information about the events will be posted on the local events page as it becomes available.

2020 Award winners

The European Commission is proud to announce this editions worthy winners:

The winner of the Conservation category :

“Using underwater inventories for the conservation of marine areas in Finland” led by the Ministry of the Environment and the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE).

The winner of the Communication category:

Eau la la!!! Eco-tips for sea and shore!” implemented by Lannion-Trégor Communauté, Guingamp-Paimpol Agglomération and PETR du Pays de Guingamp.

The winner of the Socio-economic benefits category:

Pro-Biodiversidad: shepherds as biodiversity conservators in Natura 2000”, Spain, led by the Fundación para la Conservación del Quebrantahuesos.

The winner of the Reconciling interests / perceptions category:

"Ten keys to co-ownership for nature projects”, implemented in Belgium by the Agentschap voor Natuur en Bos, De Vlaamse Waterweg, Gemeente Kruibeke and vzw Kruibeeks Natuurbehoud.

The winner of the Cross-border cooperation and Networking category

"Joint efforts for safe and wildlife-friendly transportation networks in the Carpathians” led by the Nature Conservation Agency of the Czech Republic, with partners in Romania, Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Ukraine.

And the winner of the European Citizens' Award, voted for by the public:

Partnership for protection of Bulgarian old-growth forests in Natura 2000”, led by the Executive Forest Agency (EFA), the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, Bulgaria, WWF Bulgaria, the Association of Parks in Bulgaria and the Balkani Wildlife Society.+

Congratulations to all the winners - discover all about their achievements on the dedicated Winners' page

2020 Award Ceremony

The Natura 2000 Award Ceremony was held on 14 October 2020.  This prestigious event was hosted in Brussels by the European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, Virginijus Sinkevičius.  Members of the high-level Jury joined him in congratulating all finalists and announcing the winners.  The 2020 finalists joined the event via video link.    

You will find photos and a video of the Ceremony on the Ceremony page.

2020 finalists

The 27 2020 finalists were announced in June 2020.  

The 2020 finalists represent the efforts of Natura 2000 site managers across the EU.  They include applications from 14 EU Member States and the United Kingdom, submitted by local and international NGOs, universities, municipalities, national administrations …. And they cover an array of issues from both marine and terrestrial Natura 2000 sites: from bogs, bats and large carnivores, grasslands, dive sites and coastal zones, to marine inventories, films and wildlife friendly transport.  The diversity and the quality of the work is inspiring. 

All 27 finalists were considered by the high-level Jury for one of the five category Awards (Conservation, Socio-Economic Benefits, Communication, Reconciling Interests / Perceptions, and Cross-Border Cooperation and Networking).  

In addition, all finalists were open to the public vote for the coveted European Citizens' Award.

2020 applications

Seventy-nine applications were received under the 2020 edition of the Award from across the EU. Dip in and discover a wealth of activities from marine and terrestrial tura 2000 sites, targetting a wide range of habitats and species, and using best practices and innovative approaches.

Summaries and photos for all of the applications submitted under the 2020 edition of the Natura 2000 Award can be found here. Have a look and find out about activities near you and across the EU.

Previous editions

You can find information on the previous editions of the Award here: