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Seven countries from the CEE and SEE are shortlisted for the European Commission’s Natura 2000 Awards

Bulgaria, Estonia, Lithuania, Slovenia, Greece, Croatia and Cyprus have been shortlisted together with other European Union Member States for the European Commission’s Natura 2000 Awards.

Recognised for their nature conservation efforts, these countries will compete for the final award in cross-border cooperation, socio-economic benefits, communication, marine conservation and conservation of land categories.

“Protecting and restoring the EU’s natural heritage and biodiversity is crucial to adapt to a changing world, and to ensure a sustainable future for generations to come”, said Virginijus Sinkevičius, Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries.

“For the last 30 years, the success of the EU Natura 2000 network is thanks to the tireless efforts of thousands of conservation professionals, volunteers and stakeholders working to protect, restore and promote nature. The achievements of this edition’ finalists show the importance of nature and the Natura 2000 network in ensuring a resilient future for us, and the planet.”

The Natura 2000 Awards recognise conservation success stories across the EU and raise awareness about one of the EU’s achievements – the Natura 2000 network of protected areas.

The aim of the Natura 2000 network is to ensure the long-term survival of threatened species and habitats. The good management of the EU Natura 2000 network of protected areas is considered crucial to achieving the targets of the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 and setting biodiversity on a path to recovery by 2030.

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