The European Commission is proud to announce that the call for applications for the 2024 edition of the Award is open!
The European Natura 2000 Award rewards excellence in the management of Natura 2000 sites, and showcases the network’s added value of conserving nature for local communities and economies across the European Union.
Apply now to get the recognition you deserve for your achievements, and help others discover Natura 2000 and all its benefits.
Applications will be accepted via the online application until 29 September 2023. Apply now!
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Natura 2000 Award Secretariat
For any questions related to the general organisation of the Award scheme, the application process, or the work of the evaluation panel and the jury, please contact the Natura 2000 Award Secretariat.
European Natura 2000 Award Ceremony
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