The long-term success of private and civic land conservation efforts depends in large part on the public trust inspired by strong and stable land conservation organizations. Protecting land is a resource-intensive effort that represents an enduring commitment by a conservation organization to local communities, land owners and users, government agencies, private investors, and philanthropic organizations. We share strategies and experiences from land conservation nonprofits, nongovernmental organizations, and networks across the globe who are working on developing and implementing voluntary standards of operations and governance, training and developing staff and expertise, engaging with local communities and stakeholder groups, and taking other initiatives to strengthen their capacity, relevance, and durability.
Resources & Education
Recent ILCN and external resources related to organization and governance.
Sylvia Bates, Director of Standards & Educational Services at the Land Trust Alliance, describes the history and context of the development of the U.S. standards, and discusses her insights from the experiences of land conservation organizations and networks in different jurisdictions, including Canada, Catalonia and Chile, in adapting and establishing standards and practices in their locales.
Guidelines for Establishing Standards and Practices in Private Land Conservation: A Framework for International Application
The IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) recently announced the publication of its Guidelines for Privately Protected Areas. The guidelines are the latest in the IUCN WCPA Best Practice Protected Areas Guidelines Series.