The Congress is a European gathering organised within the framework of the LandLife project (LIFE 10 INF/ES/540), nurse which aims to boost land stewardship as a tool for biodiversity conservation and natural resource management.
Stewardship means – in its broadest sense – people taking care of the Earth, and this idea of co-responsibility between landowners and users, public and private organisations, and civil society to manage and protect land and natural resources as commons, has inspired the Congress’ title: Land: quality of Life.
The title reflects the necessity to find a balance between land use, preserving the value of different human activities, and the need to preserve the natural environment. The Congress aims to facilitate the necessary dialogue and work to go forward in the achievement of this objective through the development of land stewardship. This means the recognition of a common which is both a collective (a land stewardship organisation, a landowner, users, facilitators) and natural resources to be preserved in a sustainable manner.
Workshops, round tables, poster exhibitions, video presentations and networking spaces are some of the activities organised to facilitate the exchange of experiences and knowledge between participants. These will be centred around the Congress’ different topics and themes.
During the Congress, people will learn from each other’s experiences, will discuss different perspectives of land stewardship and will be able to propose innovations for and improvements to the implementation of stewardship as a conservation tool. The debates will bring together perspectives from a wide range of different actors: public institutions, private organisations, NGOs, landowners, various land users, etc. Many best practice examples and cases studies of land stewardship will be presented.