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European Natura 2000 Award Ceremony

The European Natura 2000 Award recognises excellence in the management of Natura 2000 sites and conservation achievements, showcasing the added value of the network for local economies, and increasing public awareness about Europe's valuable natural heritage.  

The six winners of the 2022 edition of the Natura 2000 Award were announced on 18 May 2022 at the Natura 2000 Award Ceremony by Virginijus Sinkevičius, Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries and members of the high-level Jury including the Director-General of DG Environment and high-level representatives of the European Parliament, the Committee of the Regions and relevant stakeholders.

Announcing the winners at the Ceremony, Commissioner Sinkevičius said: 

Protecting and restoring the EU’s natural heritage and biodiversity is crucial to mitigate and adapt to climate change while preserving life on Earth for generations to come. For the last 30 years, thousands of conservation professionals, volunteers and stakeholders have worked to protect and restore nature, preserving the benefits it brings. These people have made the network the success it is today.  In competitions, the trophy always goes to one, but we should all feel winners today because, when nature is protected, the benefits are there  for all of us.

And the winners are …  


  • environmental protection
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  • Belgium
  • Live streaming available

Practical information

Berlaymont, 200 rue de la Loi, 1000 Bruxelles
Natura 2000 Award website