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In Australia, Bush Heritage and Traditional Owners are leading the way by integrating Indigenous stewardship practices


For decades, land conservation practitioners have attempted to apply Western methods of land stewardship to Australia's unique ecosystems. In many cases, this disrupted the sustainable management practices Indigenous people have been using for thousands of years, starting long before the continent's colonization. Since it was founded over thirty years ago, Bush Heritage has partnered with Traditional Owners to leverage their techniques and promote equitable land stewardship in Australia. 

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Land Conservation in Ecuador is stymied by an incomplete view of privately protected areas


Ecuador's biodiversity is unmatched, as the country hosts the greatest array of flora and fauna of any other nation, relative to its size. But the region's natural resources are rapidly degrading as industry and development infringe further on its landscape. Conservation work has yet been unable to match the urgency of the moment, due partly to a lack of infrastructure and incentives to promote voluntary private protection.

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Upcoming Events
The ABC Group and Eurosite-ELCN Management Planning Expert Group: What Science Says About Species-Rich Grassland Management in Central and Eastern Europe and the Importance of Traditional Knowledge
Farmers and herders who manage grasslands using approaches handed down by their ancestors bring new insight into animal grazing behavior for healthier ecosystems. This introduction into the importance of traditional ecological knowledge to modern-day conservation discusses its relevance in the species-rich secondary grasslands of Central and Eastern Europe.
  • Tuesday Sept. 27, 13:00-14:30 hours Central European Summer TimeRegister Here

Notes From the Field

With Ant Forest, users' low-carbon habits put new roots in the ground 
By Shenmin Liu, ILCN Regional Representative for Asia
September 3, 2022

Six years after its launch, the green infrastructure app Ant Forest has led to the planting of over 400 million trees across China. Now it is expanding to allow users to generate oceanic ecosystem benefits, too. 

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Greening Australia presents new models for nature based solutions
By Cecilia Riebl, Trust for Nature policy advisor
September 3 2022

Cross-sector collaboration is at the heart of two new projects that use nature-based solutions to tackle climate change, reduce corporate risk exposure, and ramp up the scale of conservation. This case study illustrates the models. 

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Five Pillars of Success: The emergence of Mount Grace as an exemplary land conservation organization
Lily Robinson
September 9, 2022
The Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust was awarded the 2022 LTA National Land Trust Excellence Award at this year's Rally. Its story and the lessons we can draw from it are illustrated in a new ILCN case study. 

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RECOFTC illustrates the potential of community-based forest management
By Janalezza Esteban Thuaud, RECOFTC
September 8, 2022

The RECOFTC, one of the ILCN's newest partners, shares updates from its work uplifting community-conservation initiatives in Cambodia and across the Asia-Pacific. 

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Ebonie Alexander receives LTA Kingsbury Browne Conservation Leadership Award
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
September 20, 2022

Ebonie Alexander, executive director of the Black Family Land Trust in Virginia, was honored with the 2022 LTA Kingsbury Browne Conservation Leadership Award for her work uplifting and advocating for socio-economically underserved communities. She will also be this year's  Kingsbury Brown fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. 

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The ILCN attends the 2022 Land Trust Alliance Rally 
By Lily Robinson
September 19, 2022
The ILCN team traveled to New Orleans earlier this month to collaborate with land conservation leaders from across the globe. 

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Wilderlands is live! 
Wilderlands is an Australian conservation organizations fighting biodiversity loss with innovative private protection mechanisms. After two years of development, a first iteration of its website is now active. 

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An update from the inaugural Africa Protected Areas Congress
By Kiragu Mwangi, ILCN regional representative for Africa
September 21, 2022

The weeklong congress brought together over 7,000 virtual and in-person participants to lay the foundation for an African land-conservation network. 

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Best Practice in Delivering the 30x30 Target
By The Nature Conservancy
April, 2022
The Nature Conservancy outlines the ecological, social, and economic measurements that illustrate progress toward a goal of conserving at least 30 percent of the globe by 2030 and addresses the question of how organizations can deliver those outcomes efficiently.

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Nuñez Oporto attends Conservation Finance Boot Camp
By Mauricio Nuñez Oporto, CALOR, & Lily Robinson
September 14, 2022

Mauricio Nuñez Oporto, Director of Colectivos de Accion Local para la Regeneracion in Peru, reflects on his experience as part of the 2022 cohort of the Conservation Finance Boot Camp hosted by the Conservation Finance Network. 

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New resources from the ILCN's website

Visit our newly-launched "Land Trusts & Climate Change" page under the Resources tab on the ILCN website to view our full collection of case studies showcasing exemplary organizations and initiatives from around the world. 

Also under the Resources tab, you can find our freshly-curated "Country Profiles" page and learn about the most pressing issues, recent innovations, and ambitious visions of 30 nations working toward a more sustainable future.

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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