On the Natura 2000 Day, the European Commission launched the fifth edition of the European Natura 2000 Award. The Award honours outstanding nature conservation achievements connected to the EU Natura 2000 Network of protected areas.
The deadline for submitting applications to the European Natura 2000 Award is 30 September 2019. The winners will be announced at a high-level ceremony in Brussels in May 2020.
Any entity involved in activities related to Natura 2000 can apply to one of the five Award categories:
- Socio-economic benefits
- Reconciling interests/perceptions
- Cross-border cooperation and networking
In addition, the high-profile EU Citizens’ Award goes to the application receiving the highest number of nominations through a public vote on the Award website.
CEPF sees an opportunity in this award to show the key role of forest owners for a successful implementation and the sustainable management of Natura 2000 sites and therefore would like to encourage our network to apply for the award. The fact that our forests have been included in the Natura 2000 network is the result of a long tradition in managing private forests in a responsible and sustainable manner. Forests play an important role in the Natura 2000 network, with almost 50% of the network being covered by forest ecosystems and almost one quarter of the EU’s forests being covered by the Natura 2000 network.
More information on how to apply, guidelines for applicants and other relevant documents are available at the Commission’s Natura 2000 Award website.