European Commission Natura 2000 Award: Applications now open

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Applications now open for the European Commission's Natura 2000 AwardFollowing the very successful response over the past couple of years, the European Commission's Natura 2000 Awards for 2016 opens for a third year of applications.

The first two years of the Natura 2000 Award have highlighted the astonishing array of initiatives and dedication on Natura 2000 management and promotion taking place right across Europe.

The annual award is open to any entity involved in activities related to Natura 2000. Local and national authorities, businesses, land owners, NGOs, educational institutions and individuals from all 28 EU Member States are all eligible to apply for the five award categories.

The Natura 2000 Award is dedicated to rewarding excellence in the management and promotion of the network and its objectives and to raising awareness about Natura 2000 and its benefits to European citizens.

To this end, in addition to the five category prizes, an "EU Citizen's Award" will be introduced this year, with the public being encouraged to vote for their favourite application.

The call for applications has been launched, with a deadline for applications at midnight on the 1st of December 2015. The winners will be announced at a high level ceremony in Brussels on Natura 2000 Day – 21st of May 2016.

For more information on how to apply, please see the website here.

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