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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.

2021 Global Congress Session Recordings

OG1: IUCN Guidelines – Recording PPAs in Global Databases

OG2A: Organization Building for People, Places, and Nature

OG2B Strengthening Collaboration Through Data: Sharing Data to Increase Efficiency and Impact

OG3A Operating Ethically Using Standards and Practices: International Examples

OG3B: Private Land Conservation and Indigenous Rights

OG4: Fostering Effective Collaboration Through Networks

OG5: Involving Volunteers in Private Land Conservation

ILCN Webinar: Sylvia Bates on Standards and Practices for Land Trusts

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. 

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Guidelines for Establishing Standards and Practices in Private Land Conservation

Guidelines for Establishing Standards and Practices in Private Land Conservation: A Framework for International Application 

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The IUCN Launches Guidelines for Privately Protected Areas

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.


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Sylvia Bates

Director of Standards & Educational Services, Land Trust Alliance

Victoria Marles

CEO, Trust for Nature

Kiragu Mwangi

Senior Capacity Development Manager, Birdlife International

Tilmann Disselhoff

Project Coordinator, LIFE-ELCN

Lisa McLaughlin

Vice President, Conservation Policy and Planning, Nature Conservancy of Canada

Constanza Cobos

Executive Director, Asi Conserva Chile

Jofre Rodrigo

Executive Director, Xarxa per a la Conservació de la Natura

Brent Mitchell

Senior Vice President, QLF Atlantic Center for the Environment

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