About the Congress
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, join us in continuing to learn from and support one another in advancing the private and civic land
- 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.
Participants from the public, private, nonprofit, academic, and indigenous sectors 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.
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