Workshop reports available now!
All workshop reports are available online! Check the outcomes and key messages that came out of each Land Stewardship workshop, organised in April and May this year. Those key messages will directly feed into the first European Land Stewardship Congress in 2014.
Earlier this year, in April and May, three Land Stewardship workshops took place. One in Milan, Italy, one in Montpellier, France and the final one nearby Barcelona, Spain. The first two mostly focused on national issues, whereas the latter one had a broader international context. In total, more than 190 people participated in the workshops, representing nine countries and more than 65 organisations.
The main objective of the workshops was to share information and build practical know-how to apply land stewardship agreements and improve their management, more specifically:
- To communicate land stewardship as an effective tool for nature and biodiversity conservation;
- To exchange experiences and best practices;
- To increase knowledge on land stewardship and existing legal and policy frameworks;
- To facilitate contacts and synergies between entities to define opportunities and cooperation in the framework of the Landlife project and on land stewardship initiatives;
- To explore how Natura 2000 policy is an instrument that encourages land stewardship approaches to be applied.
The extent to which the objectives above were addressed in each workshop, differed. Each workshop had its own specific perspective that was relevant to the audience targeted and the country it took place.
Looking back now, we can conclude the workshops were a great success and contributed greatly to widen the recognition of land stewardship as a complementary tool of nature protection and land conservation among a range of political representatives, public officers and experts. Also, through the active exchange of experiences and showcasing of best practices, the national and international networks of land stewards and land stewardship organisations have been strengthened.
Together with the participants, key actions, recommendations and required future steps for the dissemination and further development of Land Stewardship in Italy, France and Spain and Europe (at different levels), were defined. The outcomes can be read in the workshop reports:
- French workshop report - Rethink and initiate Land Stewardship in France
- Italian workshop report - A cultural challenge to landscape development and nature conservation
- Spanish workshop report - Exchanging on Land Stewardship and Natura 2000: experiences and networking in Europe
You can also find the reports under information resources.
Soon, the overall workshop report, combining the most important issues and outcomes of each workshop, will be published online. Particularly this document will contain the key messages that feed directly into the first European Land Stewardship Congress, which will take place from 5 to 7 November 2014 in Barcelona. Stay tuned here!