European Natura 2000 Award
A high-level Jury was appointed to select the five Natura 2000 Award category winners in 2020.
Dr. Florika Fink-Hooijer is the Director-General of the Environment Department of the European Commission (DG ENV)
Having occupied various senior management positions in the European Commission, Florika Fink-Hooijer is recognised for her strong management and leadership skills and her in-depth experience in EU policy making and shaping. A lawyer by training, she brings a proven record of accomplishment in foreign external policy and security matters, as well as in disaster risk reduction, and justice and home affairs. She also has extensive experience in leading complex inter-institutional and intergovernmental negotiations. In each of her assignments at senior level, she has helped to instil a culture of transparency and accountability and steered transformational processes.
Pascal Canfin is a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the Liste Renaissance, which is part of the Renew Europe group.
Mr. Canfin was elected to the European Parliament in 2009 and May 2019 and has been appointed chair of the committee on the environment, public health and food safety (ENVI). Prior to that position, Mr. Canfin was director general of WWF France from 2016 to 2019 where he contributed to the safeguard of ecosystems and their species, the fight against global warming and advocated for a more respectful energy transition. From 2014 to 2015, he was senior advisor for climate at the World Resources Institute (WRI) and co-chaired the Commission for Innovative Financing for Climate. In 2012, Pascal Canfin was appointed by French President Hollande minister delegate for development at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs after having served as MEP from 2009 to 2012. He graduated in political science from the Bordeaux Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) and from Newcastle University.
Roby Biwer is a member of the Municipal Council of Bettembourg in Luxembourg and has been member of the Commission for Environment, Climate Change and Energy at the Committee of the Regions (CoR) since 2014, and Vice-chair in the last term.
Mr. Biwer was rapporteur for the CoR opinion on the fitness-check of the Nature Directives, and for other opinions on forests and biodiversity. He is currently the rapporteur for the new opinion on "Bio-diverse cities and regions beyond 2020 at the UN CBD COP 15 and in the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030".
Since 2000, he has been president of SICONA, a politically based inter-municipality group of 21 municipalities which is engaged in synergies to protect and improve natural habitats and biodiversity as well as helping national government in implementing the Birds and Habitats Directives.
Mr. Biwer has also been member of board of a local section of "natur&ëmwelt" (nature and environment), the largest association for protection of biodiversity and environment in Luxembourg, since 1981. Since 2014, he has been the "natur&ëmwelt" national president. Previously, in 1994 he started his political engagement as member of the Municipality Council of Bettembourg and was elected Mayor of the Municipality of Bettembourg from 2004 to 2011.
Dr. Jurgen Tack has been Scientific Director at the European Landowners’ Organization (ELO), CEO at Landelijk Vlaanderen (Flemish Landowners’ Organisation), and CEO of the Aanspreekpunt Privaat Beheer Natuur en Bos (an advisory organ for private landowners on the management of nature and forest) since 2016.
Jurgen Tack studied biology (marine ecology) at Brussels Free University where he also obtained his PhD in Sciences. Within the framework of the Kenya Belgium Project in Marine Sciences (Coastal Farms Kenya), he developed a number of oyster farms along the Kenyan coast. In 2000, he joined the Belgian Biodiversity Platform team (Belgian Science Policy Office) where he was responsible for European and international science policy in the field of biodiversity and biodiversity related research. In 2007, he becampe the CEO of the Research Institute for Nature and Forest (a research organisation under the umbrella of the Flemish Authority). He coordinates the LIFE+ project ‘Land Is For Ever’, a project dedicated to private land conservation by individual private landowners. On behalf of ELO, he chairs the European Commission’s Large Carnivore Platform.
Agata Szafraniuk represents the European Habitat Forum, an assembly of leading European nature conservation organisations, which provide advice on the implementation and future development of EU biodiversity policy, including improving integration into sectoral policies.
Ms. Szafraniuk is a Wildlife Lead for Central and Eastern Europe at ClientEarth, an environmental law charity which use the power of law to bring about end-to-end systemic change. Ms Szafraniuk is a senior lawyer, and, in her role, she oversees and manages wide-range issues related to legal aspects of nature conservation in Central and Eastern Europe. Ms Szafraniuk holds a master’s degree in law from Warsaw University and is a qualified as advocate (adwokat) in Poland.