EuroNatur Award

Honouring Environmental Excellence

The EuroNatur Award for Environmental Excellence shall honour an outstanding commitment in the field of nature conservation, the preservation of our environment, environmental education and the support of sustainable development. The award shall be presented to personalities who have committed themselves in an exemplary manner to the preservation of natural resources over a long period of time.

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© Peter Schmenger

The EuroNatur Award for Environmental Excellence was awarded for the first time in 1992. Ever since several outstanding public figures have been honoured for their private, social, economical or political activities in the field of nature conservation. The festive award-ceremony accompanied by an international public relations campaign emphasized the merits of the laureats and the special needs of nature conservation.

Proposals for the EuroNatur Award for Environmental Excellence can be made by environmental NGOs, the members of the board of trustees and the chairmanship of EuroNatur, former prize winners and in special cases national and regional governments. Self-nomination is not possible.

 

List of Laureates

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© Gerald Jarausch

2019

The “Brave women of Kruščica”, Bosnia-Herzegovina. Extraordinary courage and perseverance in protecting their river. More...


<p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>                EuroNatur award winner Roberto Epple</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
© Gerald Jarausch

2018

Roberto Epple, President of the European Rivers Network. Outstanding commitment to the protection of European river landscapes. More...


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© Gerald Jarausch

2017

Gudrun Steinacker, former ambassador in Montenegro. Outstanding commitment for the protection of Salina Ulcinj. More...


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© Gerald Jarausch

2016

Gabriel Paun, founder and president of the Romanian NGO Agent Green. Outstanding commitment for the protection of Romania's primeval forests.  More...


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© Kerstin Sauer

2015

Jonathan Franzen, best-selling US author and passionate bird-watcher. Outstanding commitment for bird protection in Europe. More...


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© Peter Schmenger

2014

Hnutí Duha (Friends of the Earth Czech Republic) is one of the leading nature conservation NGOs in the Czech Republic, outstanding commitment for the protection of Šumava National Park/ European Green Belt.


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© Peter Schmenger

2013 

Dr. Mario Broggi, forestry engineer and ecologist. Outstanding dedication for the protection of European natural heritage.


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© Peter Schmenger

2012 

Dagi Kieffer, founder of the German Foundation for Ecology & Farming. Outstanding  dedication for organic farming. 


<p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>                EuroNatur award winner Goran Gugic</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
© Kerstin Sauer

2011 

Goran Gugic, Croatian conservationist and EuroNatur partner. Outstanding commitment for the protection of Sava and Danube floodlands.


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© Ernst Paul Dörfler

2010

Dr. Ernst Paul Dörfler, conservationist und author from Eastern Germany, especially championing for the protection of  Elbe floodlands.


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© Annette Spangenberg

2009

Island of Tilos (Dodecanese). The award was accepted by mayor Dr. Anastasios Aliferis on behalf of the citizens of Tilos.


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© Herbert Sukopp

2008 

Prof. Dr. Herbert Sukopp, professor emeritus for ecosytem research at the Technical University of Berlin


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© Peter Schmenger

2007 

Luc Hoffmann, MAVA Founder and President Emeritus of MAVA Foundation


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© EuroNatur

2005 

Roland Emmerich, film director and producer

 


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2005 

Dr. Hans Bibelriether, former director of Bavarian Forest National Park


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2004 

Nelson Mandela, first democratic president of South Africa and Nobel Peace Prize winner 1993 (departed 2013)


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2003 

Michail Gorbatschow, former president of the Soviet Union and  Nobel Peace Prize winner 1990


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2002 

His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales


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2001 

Karl Ludwig Schweisfurth, founder of the Schweisfurth-Foundation and entrepreneur, passed away in February 2020


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2001 

Dr. Claus Hipp, entrepreneur


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© ZDF Bilderdienst

2000 

Volker Angres, Head of Environmental Department, ZDF (German TV)


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2000 

Prof. Dr. Ernst Waldemar Bauer, nature documentary producer (departed 2015)


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1999 

Prof. Dr. Klaus Töpfer, former Executive Director of the UnitedNations Environment Programme (UNEP)


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1998 

Matthias Platzeck, Prime Minister of Brandenburg


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© Claus-Peter Hutter

1997 

Prof. Dr. Bernhard Friedmann, former President and Member of European Court of Auditors


Other EuroNatur-Award winners:

1996 Arnulf Müller-Helmbrecht, General Secretary of the Bonn Convention and Ulf Doerner, engineer for environmental technology -
1995 Prof. Dr. h.c. Dieter Stolte, Director of Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (German television channel) - 1994 Jürgen Weber, Chairman of the Board of Deutsche Lufthansa - 1993 Matthias Kleinert, former General Manager of Political and Foreign Affairs of DaimlerChrysler - 1992 Eco-city partnership Sersheim (Germany) / Canale (Italy)


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More than 122,000 people are demanding the protection of the Romanian virgin forests

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Success for nature conservation: construction freeze for hydropower projects

++ Parliament imposes historic decision for rivers in Bosnia & Herzegovina ++

Triumph for European rivers

The European Water Framework Directive is to be kept in its current form. This has been confirmed by Virginijus Sinkevičius, EU Commissioner for the...

Ulcinj Salina: One year of nature conservation - few things happened

One year ago, Ulcinj Salina was designated as a nature reserve – a great success for us and our partners. While it sounds good on paper, in practice...

Boom in illegal trade in animals in Albania

Despite a ban on hunting, numerous wild animals are being killed or traded in Albania; stuffed Balkan lynx, brown bears in cages, wild game on the...

The "Brave Women of Kruščica" must fight again

In Bosnia and Herzegovina, the women residents of the village of Kruščica are once again preparing to blockade their river. Investors have announced...

Artists speak up for Balkan Rivers

++ On the occasion of the World Music Day on 21 June 40 artists support the Blue Heart campaign for the protection of Balkan Rivers ++

Pesticides: No thanks! The EuroNatur award to the commune of Mals

++ The EuroNatur award 2020 goes to the commune of Mals in South Tyrol ++ It has gained national prominence through its campaign to ban pesticides in...

At long last a clear statement: EuroNatur welcomes the biodiversity strategy for the EU

++ European Commission presents biodiversity strategy ++ In future 10% of the land surface area should be placed under strict protection ++ To...

Europe's largest river protection area on the verge of gaining approval

Europe's largest river protection area could soon be created along three rivers - the Danube, the Drava and the Mur. On 7 May, after also receiving...

EuroNatur project areas in North Macedonia are to be given protected status

Good news: the Shar Mountains in North Macedonia could soon become a national park, a successful conclusion to the long campaign waged by EuroNatur...

Photo documentation about loggings in Romania’s Natura 2000 areas published

EuroNatur and Agent Green present a photo documentation and a video that give an insight into the tragic fate of the wild forests in Romania’s Natura...

Expansion of hydropower under protection of curfew

++ Increasing destruction of nature in times of pandemic ++ Investors exploit the corona crisis for illegal construction of hydropower plants ++...

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