Certificate – Finalist in the “Communication” category for the “Natura 2000”award of the European Commission 2022

The Bulgarian information project “Natura 2000 in Bulgaria - New Horizons” which has been implementing by Zeleni Balkani in partnership with Darik Radio, Dnevnik, Capital and Hobby TV, won the Natura 2000 award, in the Communication category. This large-scale information campaign, funded by the EU’s LIFE programme, aims to raise awareness of the Natura 2000 network in Bulgaria, using flagship species and habitats to inform about key aspects of Natura 2000. 

" I am glad that the award was given to a Bulgarian project ",said Elena Stoeva, the Project Manager. “For me, this is the result of the excellent partnership with our media partners, thanks to which our messages reach people. I accept the award as recognition for the contribution of civil organizations, such as Green Balkans, to the protection of nature.”

On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the creation of the Natura 2000 network, the EU Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries Virginius Sinkevičius announced the winners of the 2022 edition of the Natura 2000 Awards. Among the six winners are projects from Bulgaria, Austria, Greece, Portugal and Spain, as well as a cross-border project from Germany, Austria, Luxembourg and Switzerland.
The Natura 2000 Awards recognize successful examples of environmental protection in the EU and raise awareness of one of Europe’s outstanding achievements - the Natura 2000 network of protected areas.
In addition to land conservation, communication, socio-economic benefits and transboundary cooperation, this year the awards are presented in an additional category - marine environment protection. The aim is to promote the many important efforts being made across the Union to strengthen the protection of marine and coastal species and habitats. In addition, the Citizens’ Award is awarded to the winner of the online vote.

Green Balkans received the distinction in the Communication category, with the expected reach of the project being 4.5 million people through its work.