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.

Mario Kleszewski

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.

Best LIFE Information project

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

  • Landlife Congress
    • Land Trust Alliance Rally 2016

      National Land Conservation Conference (29th year of Rally). Minneapolis.
      Organized by the Land Trust Alliance. From 28th to 30th of October.

    • Natura 2000 Day

      Natura 2000 Day

      In May, people across Europe will get to celebrate the European Union's Natura 2000 network. A variety of exciting events are being organised at Natura 2000 sites on and around Saturday, 21 May 2016 for members of the public and visitors to these protected havens.

    • Workshop on sustainable forestry in the UK

      The 1st workshop in a series of 4 will take place in Milverton, Somerset, UK from 17-20 March 2016.



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