By applying for a Natura 2000 Award, your efforts in helping protect Europe’s most valuable species and habitats can become better known to a wider audience, and showcasing your success story could also provide inspiration for others who manage and promote Natura 2000 sites.

The Natura 2000 Award honors leading nature conservation achievements and is dedicated to rewarding excellence in the management and promotion of the network and to raising awareness about Natura 2000 and its benefits to European citizens. It also contributes to the fourth priority area of the EU Action plan for nature people and the economy to improve communication and outreach.

Any organisation or individual can apply for an Award, so long as their work is directly linked to one or more Natura 2000 sites. Winners of the European Natura 2000 Award will be selected from five different categories, showcasing the best success stories in preserving Europe’s stunning nature: Conservation, Socio-Economic Benefits, Communication, Reconciling Interests/ Perceptions, and Cross-Border Cooperation and Networking.

Take the chance by filling in in a simple online application form and submit it before the deadline on 30 September 2019. Good luck!

Athina Tsekoura is IE’s Natural Heritage Coordinator. She can be contacted at: