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Boosting nature conservation by private landowners
The European Commission is keen to stimulate private land conservation to help protect biodiversity further and reach the objectives of the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020. New private initiatives are particularly important as a complement to existing public funding mechanisms in light of limited budgets in the wake of the financial and economic crisis.

Consequently, the LIFE Programme has launched a new report, Alternative Ways to Support Private Land Conservation, written by Tilmann Disselhoff, which looks at various methods of private land conservation and incentives that can prompt landowners to surpass minimum conservation standards. Mr Disselhoff is a LIFE Nature project evaluator who specialises in conservation financing and private land conservation.