Area-based approaches to nature conservation often require joined-up activity by different landowners. Coordinating such consistent approaches to nature conservation across a habitat’s territory can help to tackle fragmentation challenges. Various synergies are also possible from the economies of scale that emerge during collective approaches to land management.
Many farmers and foresters are already accustomed to working together in groups such as machinery rings and product supply-chains. This experience can be harnessed to encourage landowners to combine forces within a nature conservation action, and Denmark’s successful LIFE REGAIN project has demonstrated the beneficial results that this type of collaboration can achieve.
REGAIN was awarded one of this year’s Best of the Best LIFE Nature awards for its good practice methods of involving farmers in territorial agri-environment approaches covering important wetland areas. Outcomes have led to the reinstatement of natural river features, improved habitats for protected species, new recreation and tourism opportunities, as well as long-term commitments to the management of Natura 2000 sites.