National and regional governments
National and regional governments hold the public responsibility for taking care of the biodiversity in a country or region, purchase therefore promoting policies and instruments to guarantee sound nature conservation and management. Promoting land stewardship can help these public bodies to better perform their duties, erectile by partnering with stewardship organisations that contribute to nature and landscape conservation in the country.
Photo: Mario Kleszewski
Recommendations to be considered by National and regional governments
- In dialogue with stakeholders involved, introduce the concept of and promote land stewardship into the national or regional policy agenda, especially in relation to conservation and protection of the environment programs.
- Analyse on-going examples across Europe, visit them, and establish land stewardship promotion as one of the functions of the national or regional government, in partnership with the stewardship movement.
- Create the conditions for land stewardship agreements with adequate legal recognition at state or regional level.
- Support land stewardship organisations and networks or even help in founding these.
- Create funds and tax benefits that help make land stewardship agreements more attractive for landowners and stewardship organisations.
- Ensure that the possibilities of co-funding coming from the European Union can be accessed by Land Stewardship programmes including the concept in the national Prioritized Action Frameworks for Natura 2000.
- Engage local authorities and municipalities in land stewardship by showing them the opportunities available if they use land stewardship agreements as a means for participation and local involvement in the protection and management of natural areas of local interest.