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The ILCN-ELCN Global Congress will take place online from December 8-10, 2021.

The 2021 Global Congress of the International Land Conservation Network (ILCN) and Eurosite - the European Land Conservation Network (Eurosite-ELCN) will bring together an international community of private and civic land conservation practitioners to advance their work and build capacity by sharing expertise in conservation finance, law and policy, organization and governance, land stewardship, and large landscape conservation.

As nations around the world work towards ambitious targets to protect and restore biodiverse, climate-resilient ecosystems, private and civic land conservation is becoming increasingly significant at every scale- from micro reservas in Valencia, Spain to protected areas spanning tens of millions of hectares in Canada’s Far North. Targets such as protecting 30% of lands by 2030 can only be reached by taking a collaborative and inclusive approach that leverages and builds on the capacity of a range of land stewards - landowners, communities, and civic organizations, among others - to undertake voluntary, durable, and effective land conservation action.

Inspired by the beautiful Catalonian landscape, and using the digital tools available to bring together an ever growing community still facing the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, we invite you to join us in continuing to learn from and support one another in advancing the private and civic land conservation movement.

Intended Outcomes

  • Increased knowledge of the diversity of tools and strategies being used around the world to protect and steward private land for the long-term;
  • Greater understanding of strategies that can be used to advance private and civic land conservation in specific country contexts;
  • Establishment of productive and actionable relationships among practitioners from around the world, leading to continued knowledge exchange, sharing of expertise, and sense of global community;
  • Recognition and elevation of the role and importance of private and civic land conservation in achieving national and international protected area and biodiversity conservation goals, particularly in the context of post-2020 agenda-setting.



Invited participants from the public, private, nonprofit, academic, and indigenous sectors may include directors and staff of local, regional, national, and international land and biodiversity conservation organizations, conservation landowners, public officials and policymakers, lawyers, conservation finance experts, representatives of indigenous peoples’ organizations, foundations, students and academics, representatives of multilateral agencies, and others.

In light of ongoing uncertainty regarding international travel, the 2021 Global Congress will take place entirely online.

This page will be updated regularly. For comments or questions, please contact Robin Austin ( at the ILCN, or Tilmann Disselhoff at Eurosite-ELCN (


Why Catalonia

Catalonia is at the forefront of private and civic land conservation in Europe and globally, with organizations such as Fundació Catalunya La Pedrera and the network Xarxa per a la Conservació de la Natura (XCN) leading a growing community of land conservation practitioners in the region.

Hosting the Congress in Barcelona also highlights the 2017 launch and and recent successes of the European Land Conservation Network, which have included:








ILCN/ELCN Webinars

Due to the postponement of the Global Congress, the ILCN and ELCN hosted a series of webinars on key topics in private and civic land conservation in 2020 and early 2021. Recordings of the webinars are available at the link below.

Earth Day Plenary and Webinars

The following are past ILCN/ELCN webinars. Recordings of these webinars are available at the links below and on our Resources page.

Featured Resources

Global Congress Archive

Proceedings and outcomes from past ILCN Global Congresses are available at the links below.


2018 Global Congress

ILCN in Santiago, Chile

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2015 Global Congress

ILCN in Berlin, Germany

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Contact us for more information

For more information on the Congress, please contact Robin Austin, Project Coordinator for the ILCN.

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