The Natura 2000 Award has been won by 35 organisations and partnerships since the Award’s launch in 2014. This page is dedicated to them, in recognition of their tireless efforts to conserve Europe’s nature and biodiversity.
Our most recent winners!
FLORA: Empowering conservation entrepreneurs in Austria, programme involving farmers and other organisations aimed at protecting biodiversity.
Adaptation of Eleonora's falcon to climate change (Greece) improving the species’ habitats, its breeding areas and its food sources.
Social inclusion and managing invasive alien species (Spain) removing an invasive alien species from five coastal Natura 2000 sites.
Evaluate the dark side with the CaveLife app (Germany), allowing amateur cavers to contribute to the assessment of underground habitats and species.
Natura 2000 Bulgaria: New Horizons (Bulgaria) using easily recognisable species to raise awareness about the Natura 2000 network in Bulgaria.
Fishermen and seabirds, allies for the sea (Portugal) a device that helps fisherman avoid birds trapped in their nets. A win-win solution!
Latest updates from previous and current winners
Winning a Natura 2000 Award is one small part of the ongoing work of all the winners. This section presents news and updates from the 2022 winners, as well as winners from previous editions: discover more about the events they hold, as well as about their ongoing activities.
Winners of the Cross-border cooperation category (2022) the German Speleological Federation's four-day local event was held at an ancient monastery in Lower Saxony, Germany, and highlighted the achievements of the winning application “Evaluate the dark side with the CaveLife app”, as well as drawing attention to the conservation of gypsum karst habitats.
Winners of the Marine conservation category (2022) local event took place in Peniche (Portugal). The local event, highlighted the successful collaboration with partner organisations, demonstrated how the accidental capture of seabirds by commercial fishing practices can be reduced and included the symbolic handover of “scary bird” devices to the fishing community.
Winners of the Socio-economic benefits category (2022), SEO/BirdLife's local event highlighted the important focus on inclusivity by bringing together local and regional authorities, people with disabilities involved in the project, environmental as well as non-environmental NGOs, and various media outlets.
Winners of the Conservation on land category.(2022) the University of Patras and the Hellenic Ornithological Society (HOS), two-day local event was open to general public, and highlighted the biodiversity conservation measures undertaken beginning with a round table discussion and a children's workshop.
Winners of the European Citizens’ Award (2022) FLORA's local event took place in Centre for Culture in Perchtoldsdorf, Austria. The local event highlighted transnational collaboration and included discussions exploring challenges facing biodiversity, and nature conservation solutions for Austria and Europe.
Winners of the Cross-border cooperation and Networking category (2020), Nature Conservation Agency of the Czech Republic local event began with a conference focused on cross-border conservation measures. The event ended with visits to three ecological corridors that facilitate the movement of carnivores in the Czech-Slovak region.
Winners of the Communication category (2020), Lannion-Trégor Communauté's local event began with a trip by kayak to discover bird nesting sites and learn about how they are commonly disturbed. The event ended with a walking tour starting at the port of Rébeurden led by a member of the regional Natura 2000 office.
Winners of the Reconciling interests / perceptions category (2020) , Agentschap voor Natuur en Bos improved nature protection by involving a wide group of actors in nature decision-making processes. The 10 keys were applied to their local event which involved a bike ride to visit otter holds within the area on the Dutch/Belgian border.
Winners of the European Citizens’ Award 2020 resolved a year-long conflict of interests between forest owners and nature conservationists. Their local event included a guided tour through the 100-year-old beech forest by the Executive Director of the Forest Agency and scientists from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. The event finished at the Vitosha Eco-Centre.
Winners of the Conservation category (2020) the Finnish Ministry of Environment's local event began with a meeting focused on sustainable management of marine and Natura 2000 area, followed by field trip to local Natura site in Liminka Bay National Park, a presentation by students, a visit to a restoration site, some birdwatching and ended with a dinner.
Winners of the Socio-economic benefits category (2020) created a certification brand Pro-Biodiversidad to support the sheep farming sector, halt rural abandonment and improve biodiversity. Their local event began with visits with farmers to discuss challenges, followed by a lamb meat tasting which was certified with their brand.