Private landowners & land users
Landowners and land users (farmers, diagnosis foresters, abortion shepherds, hunters, fishers) and their organisations are key partners in land stewardship agreements, and are also the main way to involve them in nature and biodiversity conservation. Landowners and land users have a lot of reasons to get involved in land stewardship, from immaterial benefits such as social recognition to the improvement of the economic productivity of their land.
Recommendations to be considered by private landowners, land users and their organisations
- Discover land stewardship and its opportunities, and get in contact with land stewardship organisations and networks to share best practices, and build knowledge and practical know-how.
- Learn from other landowners and farmers already involved in land stewardship agreements. Organising debates and presentations on land stewardship is a good option.
- Search for advice on the natural values of your property and how to manage those properly. Participating in local conservation groups that might evolve into land stewardship organisations.
- Ask land stewardship organisations in your area how they work and how you can become involved in projects to develop agreements of higher legal standards and best conservation results.
- Build partnerships with land stewardship organisations and networks through your landowner and farming, forestry, hunting and similar organisations.
- Link your land stewardship agreement to green economy activities in your property (i.e. commercialisation of products and services). Discuss options and joint opportunities for nature and landscape management with your land stewardship organisation.