Applications for the European Natura 2000 Award can be submitted until the end of September

08 Sep, 2021 | 12:13

The deadline for participation in the sixth edition of the European Natura 2000 Award is approaching, i.e. September 30th, 2021. The European Commission is collecting applications for participation by public and private organizations that contribute to the management of protected areas covered by Natura 2000 throughout the European Union. National authorities, educational institutions, environmental NGOs, businesses, farmers, landowners, the media, and volunteers with a direct contribution to the protection of protected areas can apply.


The award recognizes and honors achievements and good practices within Natura 2000. This year the award categories were updated with a new one focused on marine conservation. Here are the five categories:

- Protection of the land;

- Protection of the sea;

- Communication;

- Socio-economic benefits;

- Cross-border cooperation.


Additionally, there is a EU Citizens’ Award, which is given to the candidate who receives the highest number of votes by the public.


The six Natura 2000 winners will be announced by the Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries Virginijus Sinkevicius at a special ceremony.


How to apply


The Natura 2000 website (

index_en.htm) provides detailed information, including guidance on each of the categories and selection criteria. Applications can be submitted in all languages until 30th September 2021.


Make sure to apply and get the recognition you deserve. This is your chance to show your hard work and positive impact on the most valuable species and habitats in Europe, including Bulgaria.


About the Natura 2000 Award


The European Natura 2000 Award recognizes excellence in the management of protected areas within the Natura 2000 ecological network. It aims to show the public the added value of the network for local communities and economies across the European Union.


The award recognizes good practices in Natura 2000 protected areas. Conserving biodiversity and habitats is an extraordinary challenge that requires the strategic efforts of institutions, organizations, businesses, and people for the future of nature to the benefit of us all.