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We finished the Seventh Nature Week with great participation!

BioBlitzes can bring up iconic spieces such as this Kingfisher. © Paula Puy On Sunday, the 5th of June, coinciding with World Environment Day, the Seventh Nature Week of Catalonia ended with significant participation. Under a unique star, it started on the 22nd of May, the International Biodiversity Day. The COVID-19 pandemic meant that the …

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Why do we need regional private land conservation networks?

When struggles and success provide inspiration to everyone May 25th 2022, Orbetello, Italy. It was an scorching weekend. That week, for the second time ever, a small group of nature conservationists and private landowners met in a nature reserve managed by WWF Italy to create a national network of privately protected areas. Participants in front of …

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The first ENPLC year went promising 

The ENPLC team’s motivation to make a change is highly persistent. Looming climate breakdown and decreasing biodiversity constitute an existential threat to privately-owned land. These threats can only be mitigated sustainably in cooperation with the expertise and work of land conservation practitioners focusing on the most promising private land conservation tools (PLC tools). That way, …

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NADEG meeting on Private Land Conservation

On 19 January, Eurosite-ELCN co-hosted a meeting of the European Commission’s “Expert Group on the Nature Directives” (NADEG) on Tools and Incentives for Private Land Conservation. Traditionally, NADEG has coordinated the implementation of the EU’s core nature conservation legislation: the Birds Directive and the Habitats Directive (“the Nature Directives”). Lately, NADEG has expanded its scope …

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Climate Change and Country Estates

FPG and their partners’ exchanged experiences of combining nature conservation, climate adaptation and heritage protection. When it comes to climate change and water, heritage is barely visible. An important reason is that the heritage and water worlds do not know each other sufficiently. Institutionally, politically, and especially when it comes to research and science, there is …

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Innovative Business Models for Private Land Conservation

Thinking about how to drive the protection of privately protected land forward, the need for business models that work for landowners and land-users as well as for nature plays a central role. An interesting read by Seema Jayachandran explains how we could take over key elements of the Airbnb business model to do just that. In essence, the idea is to find a middle ground between …

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The EU Biodiversity Strategy 2030: getting to implementation

In the run-up to the 15th Conference of Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity which will likely take place in China later this year, the momentum for biodiversity conservation around the world is growing, as important political commitments are already being made by dozens of countries to protect 30% of land and waters by 2030. The European Commission …

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