Applications for the 2022 edition are now open, and can be submitted until 30 September 2021, 17.00 CET.

Anyone directly involved in Natura 2000 – businesses, authorities, NGOs, volunteers, landowners, educational institutions or individuals – can apply for the award.

All finalists are invited to the Award Ceremony in Brussels at which the winners will be announced, and the six winners will receive a trophy and a small financial prize. Winners will also receive financial support to organise a promotional event in their country to promote their win and to raise awareness about their achievements on a local and national level. 

The Natura 2000 Award recognises excellent management of Natura 2000 sites. Winners of the European Natura 2000 Award are selected from five different categories, which have been updated for the 2022 edition to allow a greater focus on marine and coastal issues. These categories showcase the best success stories in preserving Europe’s stunning nature: conservation on land, marine conservation, communication, socio-economic benefits, cross-border cooperation.

Applying for the Natura 2000 Award will allow to promote your work to a wide audience as well as a chance to win one of the six Natura 2000 Awards. Application forms are available in almost all EU languages.