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Evolving Conservation for Culture: How Conservation Organizations are Adapting Existing Tools and Approaches to Recognize Indigenous Values, Practices, and Priorities

Cecilia Riebl - ILCN Regional Representative for Australasia
March 29, 2024

As land trusts and conservation organizations across the globe grapple with biodiversity loss and the climate crisis; social inequity; and disconnection between people and nature, they are increasingly looking to Indigenous knowledge systems to inform a way forward. The tools and strategies that are emerging take time but result in better outcomes for people, land, and the intersection of both. 

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An Indian Artist's Unique Style of 'Folkindica' Blends Traditional Artforms to Reconnect People, Land, and Biodiversity

Lily Robinson – ILCN Program Coordinator 
March 6, 2024

Sudarshan Shaw sensed something was missing when he traveled to Ranthambore National Park in India for the first time in his final year of college. He fell in love with the wildness of the land, but where humans and nature should have felt deeply intertwined, there was disconnect. Over a decade later, he is healing that rift with art that teaches local communities about biodiversity, history, and culture. His work restores India's artistic identity and challenges western influences that seeped in over centuries to paint a narrative of people and land as separate and conflicting. 

This artist profile is one in an ongoing series highlighting the role creative work plays in connecting people with nature and inspiring a culture of stewardship. If you are an artist whose work is inspired by nature and would like to be featured in a future ILCN newsletter, please reach out to We consider visual fine art, photography, poetry, personal essay, music, and other submissions.

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Notes From the Field
A Renowned Honda Racetrack Certified as one of Japan's First OECMs
Shenmin Liu
February 26, 2024

In Tochigi, Japan, over 400 hectares of forest surrounding Honda's Mobility Resort Motegi are surveyed, monitored, and sustainably managed to meet criteria for Other Effective Area Based Conservation Measures. It is one of 122 sites selected in the nation's first round of certification. 

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Project Selection Criteria for Conservation Easements to Protect Nature in European Quarries
By Carolina Halevy
February 26, 2024

The LIFE ENPLC project, in partnership with Birdlife International and the multinational building-materials company Heidelberg Materials, digs into how conservation easements could be used to protect nature in quarries.

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Conservation in Action: V National Meeting of Private Natural Reserves in Argentina
By Hernan Mladinic
February 22, 2024

Every two years, partners and collaborators of the Argentine Network of Private Natural Reserves convene to disseminate projects, share knowledge and experience, and provide training for reserve managers. The most recent meeting was in Tigre, Argentina, in November 2023. 

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Final Report of the 2023 ILCN Summer Institute
By Jim Levitt and Robin Austin
January 2024

This report out of the ILCN compiles the case studies from each of five student teams that delved into large-landscape conservation for 10 weeks last summer.

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Get Ready for New Biodiversity Net Gain Legislation
Natural England
February 12, 2024

A new law enacted as part of the United Kingdom's Environment Act is the biggest change to planning regulations in decades. Infrastructure to support the law includes a Biodiversity Gain Site Register to make information about off-site gains across England publicly accessible. 

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New Practical Guide to Land Stewardship Agreements in Catalonia
October 2023

Xarxa Per a la Conservació de la Natura contextualizes land stewardship as a conservation tool and illustrates legal and technical approaches. The guide is currently only available in Catalan. 

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Conservation Agreements in Private Land Conservation
January 2024

Based on case studies and experience, the European Networks for Private Land Conservation released a report and factsheets decoding the meaning and parameters of conservation agreements used across the EU, as well as templates for agreements from France, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Malta, and Germany.

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Research Priorities for Privately Protected Areas
James Fitzsimons and Brent Mitchell
January 31, 2024

The views of researchers and practitioners involved in PPAs will guide future research aimed at improving the uptake, effectiveness, and longevity of these conservation tools. A report from the journal Frontiers in Conservation presents initial insights from these stakeholder groups. 

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Upcoming Events
Opportunity: Second European Conservation Finance Bootcamp
Mid-career professionals excited about learning innovative and effective financing strategies for land conservation can apply for the 2nd European Conservation Finance Bootcamp. Co-hosted by Fundatia ADEPT and Eurosite, the bootcamp will bring students to the traditional landscape of Transylvania, Romania, known for its low-intensity agriculture and abundant flora and fauna and recognized at the global level as a high-priority area for conservation. The group will convene in the village of Angofa where Fundatia ADEPT is developing a model farm to show how innovation and new markets support traditional communities and small-scale, sustainable farming. 

May 13-17, 2024 - Angofa, Romania
Workshop: Conservation Easements - A New Tool for Nature and Landowners
What is a conservation easement? Who can sign one? How can they be developed? These questions and more will be answered during this day of workshops, organized by the Francois Sommer Foundation. Participants can join the event in-person or online.

Apr 26, 2024 - Paris, France / Virtual
In-Person Registration                                                                                               
Virtual Registration
Conference: European Conference on Private Land Conservation
Hosted by LIFE ENPLC, the event will bring together the conservation community at Cercle Royal Gaulois Artistique & Littéraire to reflect on the state of play and emerging trends in private land conservation in Europe. Attendees will also celebrate the end of the LIFE ENPLC project. 

Mar 27, 2024 - Brussels, Belgium
 Webinar Series: Qualifying for Financial Support in Protecting and Managing Biodiversity Through Certification - the Dutch way
Join the Eurosite EMPEG Working Group and LIFE ENPLC to learn the requirements for certification that qualifies land managers to receive government support for nature protection in the Netherlands. Certification, which is designed to create confidence and transparency in management practices, is increasingly important as interest in investing in nature and CO2 certificates grows. 

Apr 10, 2024, 16:00-17:00  - virtual

 Webinar Series: Introducing and Using Software for Resilient Site Management
To improve efficiency and transparency, the private nature management organization Natuurmonumenten uses software programs that help it comply with certification requirements and increase resilience. In this webinar session, Natuurmonumenten will demonstrate how it uses CMSi and QGIS to support nature management and the lessons it learned over five years of doing so. 

Apr 16, 2024, 16:00-17:00 - virtual

 Webinar: Climate Adaptation in Natura 2000 Sites
Eurosite invites Natura 2000 site managers to join a discussion on how land-management strategies can be adapted to best deal with the effects of a changing climate and to safeguard biodiversity. Attendees will hear from Eurosite's partners from the University of Turku in Finland as they discuss their research into climate adaptation.

Mar 18, 2024, 10am (ET) - virtual

Call for Creative Content
The ILCN is looking for submissions of artistic work with a connection to land and land protection to feature on our website and in upcoming newsletters. We are open to poetry, short stories, personal essays, visual art, music, and more. Submissions can be sent to Lily Robinson at Please include a short description of the relationship your piece shares with land, nature, or the environment. 
We are excited to share stories from ILCN members. If you have a successful conservation initiative, story, event, or webinar to share, then please contact us at
The mission of the International Land Conservation Network is to connect organizations and people around the world that are accelerating voluntary private and civic sector action that protects and stewards land and water resources. 

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