These 9 projects have been shortlisted for the “Citizen’s Award” by a panel of National Contact Points. Now it is your turn to vote!
Select below your favorite candidate for the “LIFE Citizen’s Prize” from one of the three categories and cast your vote from 8 April to 16 May.
The winning project will be rewarded during the LIFE Awards ceremony on 16 May 2019, as part of
the EU Green Week 2019, Europe’s biggest environmental event.
Project: LIFE Podkowiec+
Description: The LIFE PODKOWIEC+ project focused on 29 Natura 2000 sites in southern Poland, with the main objective being to boost the populations of protected bat species and improve their conservation status. The species targeted included the lesser horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus hipposideros), Geoffroy’s bat (Myotis emarginatus) and the greater mouse-eared bat (Myotis myotis), all of which are listed in the annexes of the EU Habitats Directive. This would be achieved through habitat restoration and improvement, with particular attention paid to strengthening the overall integrity of bat habitats by reducing threats around roosts and along connecting 'corridors' between different sites used by bats. To ensure a positive long-term impact, the project would use self-sustaining and/or low maintenance habitat management techniques.
These actions would be complemented by communication campaigns that promote a positive image of bats, tackle misconceptions, explain the consequences of biodiversity decline, and highlight the potential economic opportunities that can be gained from nature conservation activities.