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Participation

For the conference on 9th and 10th November on "The Participation of the private landowners in the management of Natura 2000 areas", the ELO prepared a study on the participation of the private sector in managing habitats and species in Natura 2000 areas.

This document was presented during the conference and it includes interim results of the study. The study was concluded in December 2011 and will be published on the website in March 2012.


One of the project objectives is to establish a strong and sustainable participation of the group of private landowners and a close collaboration between all stakeholders involved in the management of the area.

Actions and means involved within the project:

In order to establish a close participation a good and confidential contact and communication structure is essential. This is offered by two actors: the ELO and the OVML. The ELO, Coordination Beneficiary, is closely related to the group of private landowners. The participation of the local landowners' group the OVML, the Associated Beneficiary, is also essential. Several actions are set out to enlarge the number of private landowners participating in the project, its integrated management plan and its targets such as

  • Information meeting for local population;
  • Publication of dedicated articles;
  • Guided tours.

Moreover, conferences will be organised to focus on the participation of private landowners in Natura 2000 targets.

Beside good contacts, clear written agreements are also important. These documents must describe clearly and precisely describe the exact commitment of landowners including actions, responsibilities and duration. Up till now, 7 of the biggest landowners signed already the agreement.

  • The agreement states that landowners in questions agrees to the restoration actions on his property and that he will do the necessary preparatory works including studies, permissions, consultations, tenders as well as the supervision and reports on the works. The landowners in question can be helped by the OVML in administrative and technical issues.
  • The landowner also agrees to respect the general project agenda for the execution of the works and he is willing to pay a certain budget of the restoration works.
  • The landowner also agrees to conserve all the restoration works for at least 10 years after the execution of the actions.

Beside, it was planned to approach at least 15 more landowners and to stimulate the, to participate in the restoration actions.

Ideally, all agreements will be asked to become integrated and further adapted, in line with the long term integrated management plan for the whole area.

Close collaboration between all or most of the different stakeholders involved in the project area: since most of the stakeholders will be involved in the steering committee of the project. The elaboration of the project itself was already a great opportunity for a further development of the collaboration between the different stakeholders in the area. This collaboration is important to share valuable and practical information and experience, to enhance mutual understanding and respect and to establish a shared vision and overall approach for the area (integrated management plan, after-LIFE plan).

Expected results:

The total surface of EU protected area within the project area is about 2.563 ha. 73% (1.871 ha) of this area is covered with ponds, forest, farmland and other semi-natural habitats. More than 50% (978 ha) of that is private property.

For the participation in the ecological restoration actions, the project can rely already on the seven biggest private landowners covering a surface of about 828 ha.

First of all, it is expected to establish on these properties the results as mentioned under objective for private properties.

Further, it is expected to maximize the restoration activities on these properties and have at least an additional 5 to 10 private landowners participating in the project for a total of 150 ha. Ten per cent of the budget foreseen for the concrete restoration actions on private property is foreseen number of private landowners participating in the long term management plans: about 20 to 30 landowners, covering a total area of 1078 ha.

Generally, we hope to enhance more generally on both sides (private and public) the fertile ground and atmosphere for sustainable collaboration and win/win situations.