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...


<p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>                EuroNatur award winner Hnutí Duha</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
© 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.


<p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>                EuroNatur award winner Ernst Paul Dörfler</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
© 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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BREAKING NEWS: Albanian PM Rama reacts – Kalivaç will not be built

In a reaction to the statement of Albanian President Ilir Meta, Prime Minister Edi Rama announced to the media today that he also is in favor of...

Alliance against Kalivaç dam on the Vjosa is growing

++ Vjosa Research Centre in Tepelena inaugurated ++ Scientists refute Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) on Kalivaç hydropower plant ++ Albanian...

Deadline expired: Protect rivers consistently now

Conservation organizations are demanding a moratorium on the construction of small hydro power plants from the government of the Federation of Bosnia...

Poor breeding season for storks

++ Only a few storks have fledged in Europe’s stork villages ++ Extremes of weather cause problems for the storks ++ Conservation of green wetlands...

At long last: The EU bans lead shot in wetland areas

Good news for Europe’s water birds: hunting in wetlands with toxic lead shot is to be banned. So, every year in the EU about 1.5 million water birds...

Results for winning photos of EuroNatur’s photo competition

Around 3400 pictures of European nature were submitted to the judges this year – and the twelve winning photos are really something to look at.

Activists in Serbia get hands-on in fight against hydropower

In the Stara Planina region, residents from the village of Rakita have joined forces with conservationists to damage the pipes of a hydropower plant...

A first for Croatia: a person appears in court accused of poisoning wild animals

At the beginning of the year there were several cases of wild and domestic animals being poisoned in Croatia. Now a 52-year old has appeared in court,...

Commune of Mals fights for agriculture without pesticides

++ South Tyrolean commune has been campaigning for a pesticide ban for six years ++ Insecticides, herbicides, etc. are putting the living conditions...

Fishes in Mediterranean region endangered due to hydropower boom

++ New study confirms: hydropower plants have a devastating impact on fish populations in rivers around the Mediterranean ++ Numerous species are...

Failure of lead ammunition ban caused by Julia Klöckner's ministry

The Europe-wide ban on hunting with lead ammunition failed to gain approval last week – due to opposition from the Federal Ministry of Food and...

Tackle illegal logging or face court, Commission warns Romanian Government

The European Commission has demanded today that Romanian authorities take immediate action to stop illegal logging of old-growth and primary forests...

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

++ A petition with more than 122,000 signatures has been handed to two State Secretaries of Romania’s environment minister ++ Demand for comprehensive...

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...

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