The Natura 2000 Award is dedicated to rewarding excellence in the management and promotion of the network and to raising awareness of Natura 2000 and its benefits to European citizens. It also contributes to the fourth priority area of the Commission’s recently adopted Action Plan to improve the protection of nature and biodiversity in the EU, for the benefit of its citizens and the economy.
The Award is open to any entity involved in activities related to Natura 2000. Local and national authorities, businesses, land owners, NGOs, educational institutions and individuals from all 28 EU Member States are eligible to apply for the five award categories: Conservation, Communication, Socio-economic benefits, Reconciling interests /perceptions, Cross-border cooperation and networking. In addition to the five categories prizes, an “EU Citizens’ Award” will go to the application receiving the highest number of votes from EU citizens in the course of May 2018.
For more information on how to apply, please visit the website.