Workshops Congress

1. Marine stewardship: Setting the grounds to establish a European framework

Lola Rodríguez Laia Piñol Carla A. Chicote Joan Gonzalvo David Díaz Viñolas

Organisers: xct and Submon

Thematic block: Enhancing innovation in Land Stewardship

Objectives: To define the main key points to create a European framework of marine stewardship, to contribute developing stewardship strategies of forthcoming marine governance, to identify the opportunities for marine stewardship in the Blue Growth Agenda.

Expected results: Adoption of a marine stewardship declaration.


Miquel Ortega, Fundació Ent

Lola Rodríguez, Leitat

Laia Piñol, Leitat

Carla A. Chicote, SUBMON

Joan Gonzalvo, Tethys Research Institute

David Días Viñolas, ECOSAFIMED

Keywords: Marine stewardship experiences, Future perspectives, Principles of marine stewardship, Marine Strategy Framework Directive, Blue Growth, Governance

2. How do the European countries value the treatment of land stewardship and nature conservation in the new CAP?

Organisers: xct and Paisatges Vius

Thematic blocks: Land stewardship & European and sectoral policies, Enhancing innovation in Land Stewardship

Objectives: Compare and evaluate the implementation of the new CAP in different European countries in relation to land stewardship and biodiversity conservation in agricultural areas.

Expected results: Analyse the diversity of criteria in the definition of nature conservation measures between European countries in the implementation of CAP.


Guillem Mas, Paisatges Vius
Jordi Puig, Espigall CSP

Key words: Agricultural land stewardship, Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), Landstewardship and agriculture of high natural value

3. Rivers and wetlands stewardship: opportunities and challenges. Experiences from Catalonia and the EU.

Organisers: xct and CERM

Thematic blocks: Enhancing innovation in Land Stewardship, Networking & the involvement of stakeholders and citizens in Land Stewardship

Objectives: Present and share river and wetland stewardship experiences from Catalonia and Europe, generate debate about challenges and opportunities from river and wetland stewardship, contribute to establishing synergies between entities that work in river and wetland stewardship.

Key words: River and wetlands stewardship experiences, Europe

Target actors: River and wetland stewardship entities, municipalities

Expected results: Learn about different work methods of river and wetland stewardship from Catalonia and Europe, share different points of view about river and wetland stewardship and conservation, know which river stewardship experiences can be applied as pilot experiences in different European countries, debate and work together (entities, administration...) to identify strengths and weaknesses in river and wetland stewardship.

Facilitator/s: Mark Ordeix


Pere Josep Jimenez i/o Oriol Arola, Grup de Natura Freixe
Hèctor Hernandez, Associació Mediambiental La Sínia
Eva De Lecea, Associació Hàbitats
Núria Sellarès, Centre d'Estudis dels Rius Mediterranis - Museu del Ter
Josep Pujol, Ajuntament de Torroella de Montgrí
Sales Tomàs Pons, Limne - Avinença
Estelle Cournez, Conservatoire d'espaces naturels de l'Allier
Giancarlo Gusmaroli, Province of Vicenza
Eve Garcia Burgos, Catalan Water Agency / CIREF

Methodology/Activities: The first part of the workshop will consists of a series of short presentation, delivered by entities that work on river and wetland stewardship, from Catalonia and Europe. The second part of the workshop will consist of a debate about the opportunities and challenges of river and wetland stewardship. Finally, we will work together to establish innovative working methods.

No of attendants: 10-30

4. Waiting for European Soil Directive: state of art, priorities and actions

Organiser: Legambiente

Thematic block: Land stewardship & European and sectoral policies

Objectives: The make the participants aware of soil sealing and land use in Europe and of the policies for soil protection and conservation (European, national and local), to propose land stewardship as a tool to prevent and reduce soil sealing.

Key words: Soil sealing, Soil Directive, land use, planning rules, citizen involvement

Expected results: To propose indications and priorities for a new European Soil Directive, to promote Land Stewardship as a soil conservation tool in the planning rules at different levels.

Facilitator/s: Damiano Di Simine, Simona Colombo and Tiziano Cattaneo (Legambiente Lombardia)


Stefano Salata, CRCS (Soil Consumption Research Centre)
Silvia Ronchi, CRCS (Soil Consumption Research Centre)
Claudie Houssard, CEN Languedoc-Roussillon

Methodology/Activities: 4 presentations (10/15 minutes each) about state of the art land use and land stewardship in Europe with case studies from Italy, France and Spain. Elaboration of a shared document with priorities and indications to submit to the European Commission with a facilitated participation process. The document will be presented in the plennary session.

No of attendants: 10-20

Future actions: Foster a European lobby (movement for land) on soil conservation and protection

5. Land stewardship and socio-political issues

Organiser: CEN-LR

Thematic block: Networking & the involvement of stakeholders and citizens in Land Stewardship

Objectives: At a time when the market has a vision of ever expanding nature resources consumption associated with the marketing of nature, land stewardship with collective commitment appears as a significant option for the preservation of biodiversity, as well as the maintenance of societal links in the territories. This workshop aims to explore the potential of land stewardship as a socio-political philosophy with specific policy approaches and responses, for biodiversity and for quality of life.

Key words: Typology of Land Stewardship, socio-political theories of natural resource management, common goods, environmental history of nature resource management, legal mechanisms of land stewardship

Target actors: Land managers, historians, politics experts, environmental sociologists

Expected results: Set up historical, social and political features of land stewardship in Europe.

Facilitator/s: Raphaël Mathevet


Alice Ingold, Environmental Historian
Jofre Rodrigo, PhD student Politics
Olivier Barriere, Environmental jurist and Anthropology of Law

Methodology/Activities: 4 presentations of 15 minutes, discussion

No of attendants: 40-50

Future actions: Creation of a group/lobby to stregthen the socio-political values of land stewardship for the protection of biodiversity, sustainable development and quality of life in Europe.

6. Governance and policy integration for Mediterranean wetlands

Organisers: Eurosite and ECNC

Thematic blocks: Land stewardship & European and sectoral policies, Networking & the involvement of stakeholders and citizens in Land Stewardship

Objectives: Many protected areas are located in a landscape matrix of multiple land uses and forms of ownership. Land use in the surrounding land often cause off-site pressures (disturbance, diffuse pollution, siltation, water stress, etc). But decisions about land use in the areas surrounding the protected sites do not depend on land stewards alone and are usually influenced by other sectoral policies that often impose competing or conflicting requirements. The objective of the workshop is to find new governance models that allow land stewards to deal with these situations.

Expected results: Although the time frame is limited the participants will strive to identify key success factors for the implementation of local comprehensive and inclusive governance models that adequately address the challenges of multiple policy objectives in managing local territories, with special reference to water dependent Natura 2000 sites in the Mediterranean. This workshop is proposed as part of a series of networking events supported by the Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process. Its outputs will become shared through the Process, which aims at identifying joint collaborative action across the Mediterranean Region to help Member States, practitioners and experts to work together to achieve progress on common management issues and problems.


Stella Vareltzidou


Bernie Fleming
Mark Snethlage
Neil McIntosh


Vasso Tsiaousi
Felipe Fuentelsaz

Key words: governance, territory, policy integration, cross sectoral approaches, participative decision making, integrated management, adaptive management, landscape approach, ecosystem approach, water basin approach, river basin management plan, rural planning, stakeholder involvement, participation, cooperation, water framework directive, birds and habitats directives, floods directive, pesticide directive, wetlands, lagoons


7. Ecological restoration and grassland management: land stewardship learning from Northern and Western Europe

Organiser: Eurosite

Thematic blocks: Networking & the involvement of stakeholders and citizens in Land Stewardship, Technical implementation of Land Stewardship

Objectives: This workshop aims to show, from examples in remote locations in Iceland and north-west Scotland, how working with farmers, landowners, and local communities can achieve the restoration and better management of land to deliver multiple objectives.


• Andrés Arnalds, Soil Conservation Service, Iceland

• Sunna Áskelsdóttir, Soil Conservation Service, Iceland

• Johanne Ferguson, Scottish Natural Heritage, Scotland

• David Parker, Eurosite

Expected results:

The workshop will consider how the Icelandic experience of working with farmers and landowners to revegetate degraded land, to halt erosion and the reclaim land for productive use, benefiting both farmers and nature, can be a model for working in other degraded European ecosystems.

The workshop will consider how the Scottish experience of support given to traditional land managers (crofters) in order that the traditional management of the high biodiversity machair grasslands is maintained in a sustainable manner, can be related to support systems for the traditional management of grasslands and in other parts of Europe.

Keywords: Degraded land, Soil conservation, Restoration, Working with farmers / landowners, Sustainable management, Machair grassland, Management practices, Community engagement, Traditional management, Crop protection

8. Creation of the European Land Stewardship Network

Organiser: Fundación Biodiversidad

Thematic block: Networking & the involvement of stakeholders and citizens in Land Stewardship

Objectives: To establish the basis for the creation of the European Land Stewardship Network (first steps, legal requirements, partners...), to define main objectives, actions and principle commitments.

Expected results: To create the European Land Stewardship Network.

Key words: European policies, Networking and alliances

9. Main instruments to fund land stewardship initiatives

Organiser: Fundación Biodiversidad

Thematic block: Funding Land Stewardship

Objectives: To explain the main financial instruments related to land stewardship initiatives, to describe principal possibilities for each instrument, to facilitate concrete calls for proposals (dates and links), to highlight innovative financial instruments, to generate possible project partnerships.

Expected results: All attendants will know more about the different funding programmes and possibilities.

Key words: Funding, Financial instruments, Social and solidarity based funding, Collective participation

10. Key issues for a successful subsidised land stewardship project

Organisers: Prysma and AD Hoc

Thematic block: Funding Land Stewardship


I have many ideas... where do I start? Indentifying ideas that can be turned into good projects.
I've got the financing... and now what should I do? Knowing the main factors that help in the success of a project and the aspects that can make you fail.
Share management practises that have been applied in successful projects.
Provide tools for the dynamisation of a project and to make everyone participate.

Key words: Project management, dynamisation of consortia, correct results

Target actors: Those responsible for the technical and financial aspects of projects in progress, land stewardship organisations that are looking for ways to turn their ideas into projects. 

Expected results: Provide organisations with strategies and tools for the development of proposals and for the management of their subsidised projects.

Facilitator/s: PRYSMA-AD Hoc


Ainhoa del Caso, PRYSMA-AD Hoc, Manager of North Area and Head of European LIFE projects
David de la Bodega, SEO/Birdlife, Coordinator of the European Network against Environmental Crime and Project Manager of LIFE+ Project VENENO
Miguel Simón, Junta de Andalucía, Head of project LIFE Iberlince

Methodolgy/Activities: An initial presentation of about 15 minutes will be made by each speaker. The attendees will work in groups on the different workshop objectives. Each subject will be led by 2-3 specific questions on which the groups will work to put down ideas in common. The conclusions of each working aspect will be collected. (Note: The methodolgy is subject to change).

No of attendants: 10-50

Future actions: Development of good practices in project management that will be shared among the Congress attendees and that will be made available on the LandLife website. 

11. Global emergence of land conservation: Intercontinental perspectives and common learnings

Organiser: xct

Thematic blocks: Land stewardship & European and sectoral policies, Enhancing innovation in Land Stewardship, Networking & the involvement of stakeholders and citizens in Land Stewardship

Objectives: Illuminate examples of stewardship and private land conservation in the US, Europe, and globally; share examples of national and regional networks and alliances; explore opportunities for intercontinental sharing.

Expected results: Increased understanding of experiences from other contexts, exploration of innovations and potential adaptations in European countries, interest and input on efficient networking within and beyond Europe to share best practices and inform policies.


Angelo Salsi, Life Unit, DG Environment, European Commission
Brent Mitchell, QLF
Laura Johnson, Land Trust Alliance
Peter Stein, The Lyme Timber Company

Key words: USA and EU approaches, Land stewardship agreements, Fiscal benefits, Alliances

12. Land stewardship as a tool for the green infrastructures building in Europe

Organisers: Prysma and AD Hoc

Thematic block: Networking & the involvement of stakeholders and citizens in Land Stewardship

Objectives: To evaluate the opportunities that the land stewardship tools can bring to the green infrastructure building in Europe; to foster the use of land stewardship management knowledge as a tool for the building of regional and urban green infrastructure elements as well as in restoring and maintaining urban and rural ecosystems; to share experiences, successful experiences and difficulties in green infrastructure building among cities and regions.

Key words: Green infrastructures, biodiversity, urban gardening, land protection, ecosystem services, ecological connectivity, connectivity corridors, land stewardship

Target actors: City councils; regional development organisations; social, sectoral and environmental organisations; LIFE Project coordinators

Expected results: Provide the cities with common strategies for the management and use of urban land areas, create a network to share experiences and spread the value of urban and regional land management, involve private collectives and public organisations, take advantage of the land stewardship opportunities in order to build urban and rural green infrastructures.

Facilitator/s: Marta Kernstock and Laurence Jonkers


CEA-Environmental Studies Centre of the City Council of Vitoria-Gasteiz (speech no 1)
Miquel Rafa Fornieles, Terrestrial and Fluvial Systems of the Spanish Committee of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) (speech no 2)


1) Presentation of 2 experiences (30 min.)- Experience 1: The Urban Green Infrastructure of the city of Vitoria-Gastiez (CEA): video and issues to be discussed (10 min.)
- Experience 2: Guidelines for the Great Ecological Connectivity Europe Sur Corridor (IUCN. Issues to be discussed (20 min.)
2) Summary of the main land stewardship tools developed in the LandLife Project (15 min.)
3) The previous issues launched in the presentations will be discussed in groups in order to know the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the land stewardship tools (30 min.)
4) The results of each group will be put together and strategies will be discussed (30 min.)
5) Conclusions (15 min.)

No of attendants: 15-40

Future actions: Local projects could be part of a multiregional project in the future.

13. Short communications (Open Call)

Organisers: Land Stewardship Congress Steering Committee (selection process) and xct (general coordination)

More information to follow soon

14. Governance of Natura 2000: opportunities for improving networking and social involvement

Organiser: EUROPARC Spain

Thematic block: Networking & the involvement of stakeholders and citizens in Land Stewardship

Objectives: Analyse the opportunities of land stewardship in Natura 2000, propose recommendations to be developed at European, national and local level.

Key words: Natura 2000, governance, social committment

Target actors: Managers of Natura 2000 sites, European Commission, national administrations responsible for Natura 2000 sites, NGOs.

Expected results: Recommendations to different institutions and NGOs to promote the implementation of landstewardship in Natura 2000 sites.

Facilitator/s: Marta Migica (Amaya Sanchez)



Methodology/Activities: Work cafe, maximum of 4 presentations; we will work with documents (results from the seminars of Xarxa, EUROPARC Spain) to further delevop and/or specify recommendation.

No of attendants: 15-20

Future actions: Inclusion of recommendations into the Action Plan of Xarxa de Custodia del Territori, EUROPARC Spain; letters to relevant institutions and monitoring of the progress of the degree of implementation of recommendations. 

15. Communication

Organiser: xct

Thematic block: Communicating land stewardship

Key words: Communication

More information to follow soon

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The LANDLIFE project (LIFE10 INF/ES/540) will be awarded one of the 5 best LIFE Information projects 2015.



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