The LIFE ENPLC Project

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Climate warming and the increasing loss of biodiversity constitute an existential threat to private land. The core objective of this project is to develop an EU-wide network of private land conservation practitioners leveraging innovative private land conservation tools to mitigate the damage and preserve the land’s value for the next generations.

To establish that sustainably the Conservation Landowners Coalition (CLC), a union between landowners and conservationistswas founded. The project is focusing on the most promising private landowner conservation tools (PLC tools), emphasising conservation easementsWe test and support their wider uptake, engage in the reform of supportive fiscal and other systems incentivising PLC, continue the development of PLC standards and practices, and help with the development of organisations and their networks dealing with PLC (following the US “land trust” model). We are working with volunteers and citizen scientists on voluntary private land conservation 

For communication purposes, PLC Ambassadors who showcase concrete actions, issues and solutions will be nominated, reaching out to relevant administrations, to better involve national/regional authorities in developing private land conservation initiatives in their jurisdiction. 

The project is funded by the European Commission’s environment and climate action funding instrument LIFE.

Our Work

Funding / Incentives

We need financial incentives for landowners and funding sources for conservationist to advance the concept of private land protection. This topic is being looked at by our Conservation Finance Working Group.

Knowledge

Education plays a key role in assuring high standards for nature conservation on private. Which is why we are working on a standards and practices for PLC guide, a conservation landowners’ manual and trainings and workshops on relevant topics.

Awareness

We are working on setting up a private land conservation ambassador network to spread awareness on private land protection, helping to create recognition and the necessary support.

Civic Engagement

Citizen Science and Volunteering is a powerful tool to educate and involve the public in private land conservation and to expand the capacity for conservation work on private land. We therefore strive toe ngaging the public in PLC, to upscale volunteering initiatives and citizen science and to creating a platform for volunteering.

Conservation Tools

Conservation tools for private land conservation are not yet as effective, available and established as we need them to be. Which is why we are for instance comparing voluntary conservation management agreements and their transferability, test the use of conservation agreements and assess the use of voluntary labels.