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Belleuropa Award


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Each year the Belleuropa Award honours a member of the Wildlife Estates Label for the exceptional work it has undertaken in maintaining, protecting or improving the biodiversity of its land.

The Belleuropa Award is intended to recognize the value of carefully managed natural habitats whose efforts have improved the rural landscape and enhanced biodiversity. It promotes sustainable business models based on responsible agriculture, rural tourism, the promotion of regional, organic or traditional low-impact products, or by harnessing the environmental and historical assets of the territory. The Belleuropa project aims to improve the environmental quality across Europe.

Belleuropa began in Italy in the late 1990’s, the project was the initiative of Giuseppe NATTA, a leading environmental figure and son of Nobel laureate Giulio NATTA. It was based on the principle that the land quality across Europe was decreasing and that more value needed to be placed on restoring and maintaining the natural landscape. The project was spearheaded by Gruppo Ecodeco, a leading Italian firm in the environmental sector. In the 2000's the European Landowners Organisation (ELO), EU secretariat for the Wildlife Estates Label, took up the torch.

The Wildlife Estates Label, together with its supporting organisations, is dedicated to the development of initiatives by private land managers and public-private partneships for the protection and conservation of wildlife and sustainable land use.

The ELO presents the Belleuropa Award to the winning candidate as part of the European Biodiversity Conference, which takes place in the European Parliament every year.



The selection is made according to the following 5 criteria:

1. Positive environmental impact in line with EU policy

2. Economic impact by creation of activity and employment in rural areas

3. Sustainability of land management and wildlife conservation plans

4. Innovation and creativity

5. Reproducibility of initiatives

For more information, please contact:
Wildlife Estates Secretariat
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+32 (0) 2 235 20 06


The Wildlife Estates Label is a network of exemplary estates that voluntarily agree to adhere to the philosophy of wildlife management and sustainable land use. Wildlife Estates believe that the positive impact of sustainable land management practices should be encouraged and land managers should be recognized for their contribution to biodiversity.

A label is the best way to raise awareness of the economic and societal benefits of sustainable land management and to encourage more rural communities and stakeholders to implement management measures that are environmentally appropriate.

The Wildlife Estates Label is granted to territories that practice the highest standard of wildlife and land management and maintain close collaboration with local authorities, associations and the wider public, in order to improve rural landscapes and enhance biodiversity.

Currently, Wildlife Estates Label is made up of 19 National Delegations in the EU 28, with almost 300 labeled estates covering more than 1.5 million hectares. Despite the varying sizes, business models and biogeographic regions of these territories, they are all fundamentally united in their goal to preserve and enhance their natural, cultural and social environment.

All Wildlife Estates members are welcome to apply to the Belleuropa Award. There are no restrictions in term of hectares, location and activity. The only expectation is that applicant estates must have a uniform management plan in place on their territory.

For more details on how to apply, please contact your National Delegation.




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Belleuropa Award Ceremony 2016                                     Belleuropa Award Ceremony 2015
Land- und Forstbetrieb Rixdorf, Germany                      La Bois Landry Estate, France


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Belleuropa Ceremony 2014                                                   Belleuropa Award Ceremony 2013
Domain de Graux, Belgium                                                  Babinek Estate, Poland


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Belleuropa Award Ceremony 2012                                     Belleuropa Award Ceremony 2011



Belleuropa Award Ceremony 2008

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