Discover the applications for the 2022 edition of the European Natura 2000 Award on the new website, presenting all you need to know about the Award in a user-friendly way. The website includes a map that allows users to discover applications from nearby and further afield, find out more about specific activities, and see photos and videos.
Forty applications have been received for the 2022 edition, featuring activities in 15 countries across five categories. These applications showcase the breadth and diversity of Natura 2000. They highlight initiatives in various habitats including protected forests, alluvial wetlands, grasslands and coastal dunes and lagoons – and even underground habitats. They examine conservation actions for many different species, including Europe’s smallest passerine bird, a rare and unusual aquatic salamander, majestic imperial eagles, iconic brown bears and threatened loggerhead sea turtles.
Numerous management approaches can also be explored. These include best-practice conservation projects, as well as initiatives tackling invasive alien species and removing barriers to migratory fish. A number of applications focus on communicating about Natura 2000 whereas others deal with ecotourism, high-tech solutions and nature conservation.
All applications are currently being assessed by a team of independent evaluators. The finalists will be announced on 25 February 2022, and open to a public vote.
The Award - now in its sixth edition - honours leading nature conservation achievements connected to Europe’s Natura 2000 network of protected areas. The Award is open to any organisation or person involved in Natura 2000, including public and local authorities, businesses, NGOs, landowners, educational institutions and individuals.
For more information
Visit the new Award website
- Publication date
- 27 January 2022
- Directorate-General for Environment