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Representatives of the LandLife project were amongst the more than 100 people from around the world who participated in the 2nd International Land Conservation Network (ILCN) Congress, in Berlin from 19-21 October 2015.

The congress saw participating organisations from the EU create a European chapter of the ILCN: the European Land Conservation Network (ELCN). This marked a key step towards achieving the LandLife project’s vision that, by 2020, land stewardship will become a widely accepted land management approach on all kinds of landscapes across Europe for helping to preserve Europe’s natural beauty and resources.

The European congress delegates exchanged experiences with long-established land trust organisations in the USA and Canada, and with countries like South Africa and Chile that are in the process of building land trust systems. Participants agreed that, while conserving the grassroots approach at local level, the ELCN would also have to define and harmonise EU-wide standards and practices, provide legal guidance at national level, and help build trust between the nature conservation community and private landowners.

If you would like to know more about land stewardship, visit the LandLife website.