Anyone directly involved in Natura 2000 – businesses, authorities, NGOs, volunteers, landowners, educational institutions or individuals – can apply for the award.
All eligible applications are assessed by an independent team of evaluators, resulting in a list of finalists. A high-level Jury decides on the five winners, one for each category. From the finalists, the public will also choose their winner through a public vote: the European Citizens’ Award. More information about the selection and evaluation process can be found here.
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.