The First European Land Stewardship Congress aims to:
• Publicise the theoretical and legal bases for land stewardship as a strategy for nature and biodiversity conservation in Europe;
• Provide and widely communicate tools and recommendations for the implementation of land stewardship;
• Facilitate the exchange of knowledge, experience and best practices between land stewardship organisations and other stakeholders;
• Promote European land stewardship models at the international level;
• Promote innovation and entrepreneurship in land stewardship;
• Promote and raise awareness on soil as a common good;
• Improve land stewardship's visibility in public policies in Europe;
• Contribute to the further development of land stewardship at both the regional and the European level through the signing of the Barcelona Declaration on Land Stewardship, to be debated and formalised during the Congress.
The Congress will bring together experts on nature and biodiversity conservation and a wide range of stakeholders, including:
• Land stewardship organisations (public, private, non-profit);
• Land users;
• Site Managers working on nature conservation within and outside Natura 2000 sites;
• Staff working in outreach / public information functions;
• Staff working directly to support the implementation of Natura 2000 and other protected areas;
• Biodiversity conservation experts;
• Researchers and students in ecology, geography, conservation biology, environmental history and policy;
• Staff working on regional cooperation and rural and landscape development, at a more strategic level.
• Stakeholders from local communities;
• Local and national authorities;
• Elected representatives and politicians;
• Volunteers working to conserve nature on a local and/or regional level;
• People interested on land stewardship, nature conservation and biodiversity.