The Natura 2000 Award finalists have now been announced. There are 22 finalists across the five award categories. Amongst the finalist are a number of projects involving Eurosite members, including Natuurmonumenten, Junta de Andalucia, and Natuurpunt.
Natuurmonumenten was a lead partner, along with PWN, on the ‘Daring Dutch: restoring the dynamic dunes’ project, which oversaw the restoration of coastal dunes at Zuid-Kennemerland National Park. The dunes play a vital role in protecting the surrounding low-lying areas from the sea. Traditionally, the dunes have been restricted, however, the project has once again “freed” the dune, allowing them drift naturally with the wind and creating a dynamic dune landscape. Monitoring following the 2013 storm season showed that the project has been a success. Natuurmonumenten’s Tiengemeten Island project has also been shortlisted. The project, which ran between 2006-2012, involved turning the island, which was traditionally an agricultural region, into a site for nature and people, whilst also preserving the island’s cultural heritage. The island now has facilities such as trails, a car park, a ferry service and a museum, and in 2013, Tiengemeten received 50,000 visitors.