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Finalists for the 2020 Award are announced - Public Vote open!

The European Commission is proud to announce the 27 finalists for the 2020 European Natura 2000 Award. All 27 finalists are being considered for the five category Awards. Discover them now and vote for your favourite to win the Citizens' Award.

2020 Award finalists will be announced on 2 June

The 2020 Natura 2000 Award finalists will be announced on 2 June 2020! Rendez-vous on the Award website to hear about this edition's impressive finalists, and to vote for your favourite.

2020 Award finalists announcement postponed

During this difficult period, the Natura 2000 Award is postponing its activities. The announcement of this edition's finalists, as well as the launch of the Public Vote and confirmation of the Ceremony date will be made at a more suitable moment.

Applications for the 2020 Award are published

Eighty applications have been received for the 2020 edition of the European Natura 2000 Award.  Visit the applications page and discover a wealth of Natura 2000 activities and achievements across the EU.

Good luck to all applicants as the evaluation process gets underway! The finalists will be announced in February 2020 when the public vote will be launched for you to choose your favourite for the Citizens' Award.

Extended deadline for the European Natura 2000 Award 2020!

The deadline for submitting applications to the European Commission’s Natura 2000 Award has been extended until 15 October!

The European Natura 2000 Award, launched by the European Commission to raise awareness about the Natura 2000 network of protected sites, rewards outstanding and innovative contributions to nature conservation. It is open to all whose work benefits the Natura 2000 network. Prizes are awarded in five categories: conservation, communication, socio-economic benefits, cross-border cooperation and networking and reconciling interests / perceptions. In addition, the Citizens’ Award goes to the winner of a public vote. 

The application phase for the Natura 2000 Award finishes on 15 October 2019. Take advantage of the extended deadline: apply now on the Award’s website and get the recognition you deserve for your work for nature!

The winners will be announced as part of a high-level award ceremony on the occasion of the Natura 2000 Day in Brussels.

For more information see The Award website or contact the Award Secretariat.

Local Event 2018 winner Communication category, Spain

On 5 July 2019, the European Commission organised a local event to celebrate the winners’ success in promoting knowledge about the Natura 2000 network in Spain. This outdoor event in the Natura 2000 site of Alto Lozoya was organised by the project partners SEO/Birdlife Spain and the news agency Agencia EFE, in collaboration with the Forestry Service Madrid and Guadarrama National Park. [more]

Local Event 2018 winner Cross-border cooperation and Networking category, Greece and Bulgaria

On 5 June 2019, a local event was organised involving around 200 pupils from the Egyptian Vulture Task Force and their educators. This outdoor event in the Natura 2000 site of Meteora was organised by the Hellenic Ornithological Society (HOS)/BirdLife Greece, in collaboration with the Kalambaka Forestry Service and Educational Directorate, to celebrate the winning of the 2018 Cross-border cooperation and Networking award. [more]

European Natura 2000 Award 2020: Call for top conservation initiatives opened

Today, on European Natura 2000 Day, the European Commission launches the 2020 edition of the European Natura 2000 Award. The Award, now in its fifth year, honours exceptional nature conservation achievements connected to Europe’s Natura 2000 network of protected areas. [more]

Local Event 2018 winner Conservation category, Hungary

On 24 November 2018, the European Commission attended an event organised by MME BirdLife Hungary, winner of the 2018 Natura 2000 Award in the Conservation category for the project “Partnership to stop the poisoning of imperial eagles". The project has successfully reduced the illegal poisoning of eastern imperial eagles (Aquila heliaca) in 20 Natura 2000 sites and surrounding habitats in Hungary’s Pannonian Region. [more]

Local Event 2018 winner Citizens’ Award, Portugal

The School for Nature project won the coveted Citizens award for its excellent educational initiatives. In October 2018, the European Commission together with local, regional and national authorities participated in a seminar “Natura 2000 - Environmental education and the valuation of natural heritage”, organised by the winner of the awards - municipality of Viana do Castelo in Northern Portugal – to discuss further the importance of environmental education and Natura 2000. [more]

Local Event 2018 winner Socio-economic benefits category, Estonia

In September 2018, the European Commission attended a local event on the island of Muhu to celebrate the Natura 2000 award received by the LIFE to Alvars project for its work in engaging local farmers in the long-term management of Natura 2000 sites. Approximately 600 landowners have participated so far in the restoration of the alvar grasslands, previously overgrown with shrubs and trees. [more]

Local Event 2018 winner Reconciling interests / perceptions category, Greece

On 24 August 2018, the European Commission attended the event organised by CALLISTO, winner of the 2018 Reconciling interests / perceptions category, which took place during Kastoria’s second Ecofest. More than 50 people were present during the presentation of the project and children of various ages participated in a two-and-a-half-hour interactive workshop during which they made animal masks. [more]

Winners of the 2018 Natura 2000 Award announced

On the 17 May 2018, EU Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Commissioner Karmenu Vella announced the winners of the fourth edition of the Natura 2000 Awards at a high-profile ceremony in Brussels. The six winners include projects from Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Portugal and Spain as well as a cross-border project between Greece, Bulgaria and the United Kingdom. [more]

EU Natura 2000 Award 2018: Call opens for top conservation initiatives

Today, on the occasion of the establishment of the European Natura 2000 day the European Commission launched the 2018 edition of the EU Natura 2000 Award. The Award, now in its fourth year, honours leading nature conservation achievements connected to Europe’s Natura 2000 Network of protected areas. [more]

Local Event 2016 winner Reconciling interests/ perceptions category, Belgium

19 May 2017

European Commission officials attended a local event for the winner of the Reconciling interests/ perceptions Award. The IFE-Elia-RTE project has been working across Belgium and France to restore biodiversity under high-voltage lines using innovative solutions to combine electrical safety of the powerlines network with biodiversity. To celebrate this Award, the project organised this special event around the inauguration of their first viewpoint dedicated to wildlife observation. [more]

Local Event 2016 winner Communications category, Latvia

1 July 2016

European Commission officials attended one of the Dabas Koncertzāle (Nature Concerthall Association), winner of the 2016 Communication category open-air concerts. 10,000 participants attended the event at Zalenieku Manor House in the Jelgava district and learned about the importance of Natura 2000 and how to conserve the common brown long-eared bat, Plecotus auritus, which was the focus of this year’s event. [more]

Local Event 2016 winner Socio-economic benefits category in Bulgaria

October 2016

The local event for the “For the Balkans and the People” was organised as part of a six-day event including numerous activities on the theme of the socio-economic benefits of nature, held from 30 September to 5 October 2016. The festivities started with “Green Days” (30 September – 2 October 2016), a festival in the centre of Sofia which presents a great variety of traditional farm products. [more].

Local Award 2016 winner Conservation category, UK

15 December 2016

The local event for the United Utilities/RSPB Dove Stone partnership: For people, water and wildlife, was held in Greenfield. It was organised by the RSPB and aimed at celebrating the Natura 2000 Award with the local community and especially at thanking the project volunteers. [more]

Winners of the 2016 Natura 2000 Award announced

24 May 2016

EU Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Commissioner Karmenu Vella announced the winners of the third edition of the Natura 2000 Awards. The six winners include projects from Bulgaria, Latvia, Spain, the United Kingdom and cross-border projects from Belgium and France as well as Greece, Bulgaria, Hungary, Finland and Norway. [more]