The LIFE ENPLC Project

This project is an initiative by organisations representing private landowners and nature conservationists with the common aim to conserve and restore privately owned and managed land for nature and the climate. 

As a vital part of our project is to strengthen trust and cooperation between all stakeholders. To this end, Eurosite and ELO have established the Conservation Landowners Coalition (CLC) as a European partnership of landowners and conservationists. 

We intend to build a community of European land conservation practitioners who work together on testing and upscaling the most promising tools for private land conservation, advocating for better financial incentives, engaging citizens, and raising public awareness. 

The project is supported by the EU’s environmental funding programme LIFE.  

Climate breakdown and the loss of biodiversity constitute existential threats to land in private ownership. To preserve the land’s health and value for the next generations, we strive to support private landowners in finding the right tools, incentives, information, and contacts for the long-term conservation and restoration of nature on their properties. 

We communicate best-practice approaches to private land conservation, including the involvement of volunteers and citizen scientists. We raise public awareness of the relevance of private land for reaching the EU’s biodiversity policy targets and showcase successful initiatives in peer-to-peer networks by creating a community of Private Land Conservation Ambassadors who tell their stories to fellow private landowners and decision-makers.  

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Funding

We advocate for better financial incentives for landowners and conservationist to apply private land conservation tools.

Knowledge

We provide access to state-of-the-art resources, ensuring high ambition standards for nature conservation on private land.

Awareness

We raise awareness on private land conservation and help landowners to receive recognition and public support for their conservation efforts.

Engagement

We facilitate citizen Science and volunteering as powerful tools to educate and involve the public in conservation on private land.

Tools

We test, improve, and harmonise private land conservation tools across a variety of settings in Europe.