Europe and Central Asia
22 Apr 2015

BirdLife Partners await your support for the Natura 2000 Award

By Communications

May 21st is Natura 2000 Day, celebrating Europe’s largest network of nature areas protected by EU law.

To mark the occasion, the European Commission is holding an awards ceremony in Brussels to praise best practices in nature conservation in Europe. A new addition to the event is the European Citizens’ Award, and until May 6th, EU citizens can vote online for their favourite project to decide the winner.

Once again, BirdLife Partners have proven they are Natura 2000 champions. In 2014, the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB; BirdLife in Bulgaria) won the “Natura 2000 Conservation Award” in recognition of their tremendous efforts to protect the Imperial Eagle. This year, 5 projects involving BirdLife Partners have been nominated as finalists in 4 of the 5 Award categories: DOPPS (BirdLife in Slovenia), LOB (BirdLife in Latvia), SEO/BirdLife (BirdLife in Spain), NABU (BirdLife in Germany), and the RSPB (BirdLife in the UK). The finalists will be judged by a high level jury, and winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on May 21st.

As for the award contenders, SEO/BirdLife’s Natura 2000 Day project is competing in the “Communication” category for its efforts to increase awareness about Natura 2000. This initiative was launched last year by SEO and the Spanish news agency EFE to help preserve Europe’s natural heritage and make people more aware of the importance of the Natura 2000 sites’ network. Vote for this project

For the “Conservation” award, which recognizes groups that help improve the status of a particular habitat type or species, LOB’s Nature conservation in Adazi military training area has been nominated. The ‘Adazi’ is a Natura 2000 site and has been an Important Bird Area since 2004 because it has offered a home to a range of rare habitats and species. But over the last years, it began suffering from drainage and overgrowth, threatening wildlife and ecosystems. In an effort to stop this, this project has seen more than 1000 ha of overgrown heath habitats restored and there are also future plans for mire restoration of a 500 ha area. Vote for this project

The RSPB is also competing this year for the “Conservation” award with their project The Alde-Ore Estuary - a sustainable future for wildlife. This joint effort with the National Trust is helping ensure that habitats and species of European significance are sustained and enhanced on Orford Ness and Havergate Island. Vote for this project

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In the category “Reconciling interests/perceptions”, which showcases best conflict resolution efforts, NABU has been nominated for their project Tauchen für den Naturschutz (Diving for Environmental Conservation). This project has been improving cooperation between scuba divers and environmental conservationists so that lakes in the Brandenburg are safeguarded. Vote for the project

Finally, the Adria Wet 2000 project has been chosen as one of the contenders for the “Cross-border Cooperation and Networking” award. Our partner DOPPS is involved in this first ever cross-border collaboration between four entities in Slovenia and Italy that manage natural coastal areas in the Northern Adriatic Region, several being Natura 2000 sites. Vote for this project

Please take the time to vote for your favourite project because the Natura 2000 network is helping preserve and enhance Europe’s biodiversity and safeguard it for future generations.

Learn more about the Natura 2000 Award and about the different projects that have been nominated.

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