Conservation NGOs and foundations
Land stewardship organisations (also known as land trusts), together with landowners and land users, are an essential element in any process of land stewardship. Any kind of organisation aimed at land conservation through land stewardship tools can be considered a land stewardship organisation. Be it a major foundation or a small nature conservation group, a stewardship organisation should be prepared to use different mechanisms and work in partnership with many different actors to meet its goals.
Recommendations to be considered by land stewardship organisations
- Present yourselves to landowners as key partners to face together the opportunities of a changing political and economic framework, especially those that derive from the multi-annual financial framework for 2014-2020.
- Promote citizen responsibility and care for their environment/surroundings and a beautiful landscape.
- Prioritise quality over quantity in land stewardship agreements, and use best practices and quality systems for land stewardship organisations.
- Ensure core funds for your organisation and allocate them to reach land stewardship agreements and boost new projects. Link these projects with social involvement in your area of influence.
- Be inventive to establish new, maybe unusual partnerships within one's own capacity, even if that means refocusing on existing ones, with a range of institutions and constituencies.
- Initiate or take part in developing land stewardship networks in your country or region.
- Network and learn from other land stewardship organisations through training activities, workshops, project visits, R+D+I projects, transnational cooperation, etc. Cross sectors and borders.