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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Natura 2000 Awards: the winners of 2016

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News Natura 2000 is a network aiming at protecting and enhancing Europe’s natural heritage and securing the long-term survival of Europe’s most valuable and threatened species.It gathers over 27 000 protected sites that covers 18 % of EU land territory and more than 5 % of its marine areas. 

The annual Natura 2000 Awards enables to show what the aim of the network is and awards conservation achievements across the EU. It is also a good way to raise awareness about initiatives that protect nature across Europe. There are 5 different categories: Conservation, Socio-Economic Benefits, Communication, Reconciling Interests / Perceptions, and Cross-Border Cooperation and Networking.
This year, among 24 finalists, the 6 winners include projects from Bulgaria, Latvia, Spain, the United Kingdom and cross border projects from Belgium and France as well as Greece, Bulgaria, Hungary, Finland and Norway. The winner of European Citizens’ Award, which is the Spanish conservation initiative to save the Iberian lynx, and the winner of Reconciling interests/perception award, which is the project Creating green corridors for biodiversity under high-tension lines between Belgium and France, have both been partly funded from the EU LiFE Fund. The strand Nature and Biodiversty of the LIFE programme provides grants for the conservation of natural habitats, wild fauna and flora of European interest.

Source :  DG ENVIRONMENT


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