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Vision and Mission

What ist our Vision?

We believe in biodiverse and resilient ecosystems in our European landscapes providing healthy food
as well as other public goods and ecosystem services that contribute to a better quality of life for
people and other living beings.

What ist our Mission?

Our aim is to preserve and restore biodiversity and resilience in our European landscapes in a contemporary,
innovative and sustainable manner. For this we work in a cooperative approach with land
users, farmers, local communities, nature conservation organisations, political authorities and decision-
makers. We foster a more nature-inclusive agricultural system providing healthy food and other
public goods and ecosystem services, which improve the quality of life for people and other living


We contribute to the following EU Targets & Strategies

  • Management of Natura 2000 areas
  • Contributing to Natura 2000 Biogeographical Processes
  • Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)
  • Water Framework Directive (WFD)
  • EU Biodiversity Strategy
  • Farm-to-Fork Strategy

We believe that nature should be protected not from people, but together with people.

– by Justas Gulbinas Landcare Europe Board Member Baltic Environemtal Forum, Lithuania

Working Areas

Working areas of Landcare organisations

  • Bringing together farmers, land users, political decision makers, environmentalists & communities
  • Regenerating biodiverse and resilient ecosystems in & outside Natura 2000 sites and other protected areas
  • Raising public awareness on sustainable farming practices that provide healthy food, as well as other public goods and ecosystem services
  • Elaborating good-practice-based payment schemes for agricultural measures that protect our public goods biodiversity, water, soil and climat

Supporting and advising farmers & land users on

  • national and EU agri-environmental measures within the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)
  • good practices that foster species protection & habitat restoration
  • new income sources for agricultural value chains like direct marketing, nature conservation, landscape management, renewable energies, eco-tourism, participation in research and others
  • livestock protection measures in rural areas for better human-wildlife coexistence


Cooperative nature conservation to benefit people

- Preserving and fostering our agricultural heritage landscapes with farmers, conservationists and political decision makers.

Download Brochure

This brochure gives an insight into the work of European Landcare Associations. It explains the working areas of Landcare Associations and highlights the key factors for cooperative nature conservation benefitting people. It shows examples from the field in Natura 2000 areas and beyond and provides recommendations for necessary CAP funding and regulations to facilitate the work of Landcare Associations.