Fundació Emys (Catalonia) – www.fundacioemys.org
Role in the project: Project coordinator, toolkit writing and correction, training of farmers and agricultural technicians in Spain.
Fundació Emys is a non-profit organization focused on the conservation of biodiversity and the sustainable management of agricultural, forestal and wetland areas, with a special focus on the preservation of the European pond terrapin (Emys orbicularis) and its habitats. The organization works since 1987 empowering the participation of land agents (land owners, land managers and land users) to enhance the conservation of natural values and land sustainable management, always using education, sensitization and land stewardship as the main tools of action. Fundació Emys currently works for the optimal conservation of more than 1200 hectares of forest, farmland and wetland spaces belonging to 34 land owners/managers (10 farmers) that have signed land stewardship agreements with the organization.
Fundatia ADEPT (Romania) – www.fundatia-adept.org
Role in the project: Toolkit writing and correction, training of farmers and agricultural technicians in Romania.
ADEPT was established as a Romanian charity in 2004. Its objective is the support and preservation of the High Nature Value cultural landscapes of Romania, and of the small-scale farming communities that have created them. We are working with the communities to improve the design and implementation of EU and national recognition and support for these important landscapes and farming systems: to help farming communities gain access to EU support, and just as important, to help them gain access to markets for their products and services (food products, tourism services, and wider ecosystem services). We are working on training farmers, cattle- and sheep-breeders associations, producer groups and tourist associations so that improved income is sustainable in the longer term.
Conservatoire d’Espaces Naturels du Languedoc-Roussillon (France) – www.cenlr.org
Role in the project: Creation of a template for the conservation of semi-natural habitats, toolkit writing and correction, training of farmers and agricultural technicians in France.
CENLR (regional conservancy of natural areas of Languedoc-Roussillon) is a non-profit association, established in 1990. It is institutionally recognized under the law of 1976 on the protection of nature and under the law Grenelle 2 through a joint State-Region approval dated November 3, 2015. It is part of the network of 29 Conservancies of natural areas gathered in the Federation of Conservatories of natural areas. The national network of CENs gathers more than 1000 employees and 15000 volunteers striving in joint conservation projects and fostering the integration of biodiversity into public policies. CENLR owns 355 hectares and manages 9500 hectares in Languedoc-Roussillon, by partnership agreements involving both public and private owners, farmers, users and citizens. CENLR – 27 employees, 150 volunteers, a scientific board – cooperates with researchers in ecology and social sciences.
Comitato per le Oasi WWF dell’Area Fiorentina (Italy) – www.cowaf.it
Role in the project: Coordination of video training materials, toolkit writing and correction, training of farmers and agricultural technicians in Italy.
Comitato operates since 1992, then a task force within World Wildlife Fund Tuscany, for the protection of amphibians and reptiles in the region. It assumed the current legal form in 2008 following restructuring of WWF Italy. It consists of one paid staff and 80 volunteers, 15 of them, expert field coordinators. Our main scope is to design, maintain and expand wet biotopes in and around the plain connecting Florence to several other municipalities. COMITATO typically suggests public bodies to use their lands for habitat/species conservation purposes. In most cases a bilateral agreement establishes COMITATO as steward and conductor of the site.
Český Svaz Ochránců Přírody (Czech Republic) – www.csop.cz
Role in the project: Toolkit correction, training of farmers and agricultural technicians in Czech Republic.
Český Svaz Ochránců Přírody (CSOP, Czech Union for Nature Conservation) is a civic association (NGO) of people who share an active interest in nature conservation and the environment, founded in 1979. The Union’s mission is to protect and restore nature, the landscape and the environment, and to promote environmental education and support sustainable living. The range of CSOP activities is very broad. Among others, CSOP manages valuable natural sites, carries out biological field research and surveys, and strives to preserve the richness of plant and animal life in the Czech Republic. CSOP works with children and youth as well as with the general public, it provides care for injured or otherwise handicapped wildlife, participates in administrative decision-making processes, and cooperates in the preservation of cultural heritage. A lot of the above mentioned activities are carried out in cooperation with government bodies as Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of the Environment and the Nature Conservation Agency of the Czech Republic.
Xarxa per a la Conservació de la Natura (Catalonia) – www.xcn.cat
Role in the project: Communication, toolkit writing and correction, creation of training materials.
Xarxa per a la Conservació de la Natura (XCN) is a non-profit organisation composed of environemental NGOs, local governments, enterprises, universities and research centres, which promotes conservation and sustainable management of nature, its social relevance and its cultural and landscape values. It was established in 2019 from the merger of two other networks: Land Stewardship Network of Catalonia and Environmental Volunteering Network of Catalonia. XCN supports environmental NGOs and public bodies, especially in land stewardship and environmental volunteering in Catalonia.