Land stewardship

Land stewardship is a strategy that involves landowners and users in the conservation of nature and landscape, find with support and inputs from a wide range of civil society groups. Through voluntary agreements between land owners/users and land stewardship organisations (also known as land trusts), sickness land stewardship is used in most of the world as a nature and biodiversity management and conservation tool.
The stewardship approach offers a means of extending conservation practices particularly beyond the boundaries of conventional protected areas, and is an especially helpful concept in the many instances where sustainable management — rather than absolute protection or preservation — of natural resources is the objective.


[Photo: GOB - Menorca]

The essence of land stewardship
When used with respect to natural resources, the term stewardship means — in its broadest sense — people taking care of the land. The concept encompasses a range of private and public/private approaches to create, nurture and enable responsibility in users and owners to manage and protect land and natural resources.

Land stewardship can be widely used in Europe as a practical tool to implement biodiversity conservation, to complement and reflect the priorities of many different policies and legal instruments, including key objectives to halt biodiversity loss and secure the common interest of all Europeans to share a healthy environment. It can help create opportunities for nature conservation in individual Member States as well as regions, and also contribute to biodiversity conservation across Europe by directly involving citizens.

Read more about the concept of land stewardship in the online Land Stewardship Manual.



Best LIFE Information project

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The LANDLIFE project (LIFE10 INF/ES/540) will be awarded one of the 5 best LIFE Information projects 2015.

  • Landlife Congress
    • Land Trust Alliance Rally 2016

      National Land Conservation Conference (29th year of Rally). Minneapolis.
      Organized by the Land Trust Alliance. From 28th to 30th of October.

    • Natura 2000 Day

      Natura 2000 Day

      In May, people across Europe will get to celebrate the European Union's Natura 2000 network. A variety of exciting events are being organised at Natura 2000 sites on and around Saturday, 21 May 2016 for members of the public and visitors to these protected havens.

    • Workshop on sustainable forestry in the UK

      The 1st workshop in a series of 4 will take place in Milverton, Somerset, UK from 17-20 March 2016.



LandLife (LIFE10 INF/ES/540) has been made possible by the European Commission’s LIFE programme. For more information, please visit