STELLA organises the second Natura 2000 Award

Over the past year, STELLA has successfully implemented the Natura 2000 Award project, funded by DG Environment, in partnership with adelphi and ESN.  Following the success of the inaugural Award, we are happy to announce that the contract has been renewed for another year, this time with adelphi and Tipik.

As last year, winners of the Natura 2000 Award will be selected from five categories: Conservation; Socio-economic benefits; Communication; Reconciling interests and perceptions; and Cross-border cooperation and networking.  A new feature this year is the Public Award during which the general public can vote for their favourite short-listed applications.  Businesses, authorities, NGOs, volunteers, land owners and educational institutions from the 28 EU Member States are all eligible to apply for the Award.  All details on the Award and how to apply will be posted on the Natura 2000 Award website.

The winners of the 2014 Awards were announced in a high-level Award ceremony held at the Berlaymont in Brussels, on the 21st of May 2014.  Janez Potočnik, former European Commissioner for the Environment, participated in the ceremony along with 200 participants from 21 EU Member States, including members of the Award jury, EC officials, finalists’ representatives and other stakeholders.  To find out more about the 2014 winners, please click here.  Local events are also being held by each of the winners, with the support of STELLA, to further disseminate their achievements and the benefits of Natura 2000 (see the article below). 

The objective of this specific contract is to support DG Environment in organising all aspects of the communication, administration, selection process and overall implementation of the Natura 2000 Awards.  STELLA is responsible in particular for the evaluation process of the applications in each category, and for organising the Award ceremony as well as local events in the winners' countries.

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