Management Agreements with Landowners as a Tool for Nature Conservation

Nature Conservation Agency of the Czech Republic
Publicado: 28 Julio 2023
Última edición: 28 Julio 2023
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Summary

Ten years ago, the Nature Conservation Agency of the Czech Republic (NCA CR) began to conclude agreements on management through public contracts, setting up both management measures to be implemented and providing landowners or tenants with a subsidy/subvention. Consequently this practice has been applied step-by-step, also by other State Nature Conservancy authorities, particularly Regional Offices.


At present the agreements on management are one of the principal and commonly used tools in cooperation with land managers. The NCA CR is currently taking active steps to further expand the type of cooperation with landowners, our most important partners in practical nature conservation.

 

The highest type of agreement with the landowner is the so-called comprehensive management agreement. Its aim is to formulate clear rules and conditions for management by the owner or user. These are long-term agreements, usually for five to ten years.

Clasificaciones

Region
Europa del Este
Scale of implementation
Nacional
Ecosystem
Agro-ecosistema
Agroforesteria
Bosque templado caducifolio
Bosques siempreverde templado
Campos de cultivo
Ecosistemas de agua dulce
Ecosistemas de pastizales
Ecosistemas forestales
Huerto
Humedales (pantano, turberas)
Pastizales templados, sabana, matorral
Pasto
Piscina, lago, estanque
Tundra, pastizal montano
Theme
Acceso y participación en los beneficios
Actores locales
Adaptación al cambio climático
Agricultura
Comunicación y divulgación
Conocimientos tradicionales
Especies y la extinción
Financiación sostenible
Fragmentación del hábitat y degradación
Gestión de tierras
Gestión y planificación de áreas protegidas y conservadas
Gobernanza de las áreas protegidas y conservadas
Manejo de bosques
Manejo de cuencas
Marco legal y normativo
Medios de vida sostenibles
No listado
Pesca y acuicultura
Prevención de erosión
Provisión y manejo del agua
Reducción de desastres
Restauracion
Servicios ecosistémicos
Standards/ certification
Other theme
cooperation with landowners
Challenges
Gestión ineficaz de los recursos financieros
Falta de acceso a financiación a largo plazo
Falta de conciencia del público y de los responsables de la toma de decisiones
Sustainable development goals
ODS 15 - Vida de ecosistemas terrestres
ODS 17 - Alianzas para lograr los objetivos
Aichi targets
Meta 5: Pérdida de hábitat reducida a la mitad o reducida
Meta 9: Especies exóticas invasoras prevenidas y controladas
Meta 11: Áreas protegidas y conservadas
Meta 12: Reducir el riesgo de extinción
Meta 14: Los servicios ecosistemicos
Meta 15: Restauración de ecosistemas y resiliencia

Ubicación

Prague, Czech Republic

Challenges

The rules for concluding agreements were established step-by-step. When setting up the process, the NCA CR used the relevant interpretation of the Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic; however, in order to ensure compliance with the budgetary rules, they had to build the entire system from scratch. The first step was to distinguish between commonly assigned activities in nature conservation and landscape protection and to determine the usual costs for their implementation. Today, the result is a unified code lists of activities in nature conservation and landscape protection linked to costs of common measures and consequently for planning and documenting the interventions having been made in nature and the landscape. Without the implementation of these demanding steps, the concluding public contracts (in particular the provision of financial contributions for the implementation of measures) would be difficult and complicated, with the risk of inefficient use of public funds.

Beneficiaries

There is a higher degree of understanding; firstly by the land manager, about the needs to ensure the existence of objects of protection, and secondly by the State Nature Conservancy authority, about the land manager’s abilities.

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Without the implementation of these demanding steps, the concluding public contracts (in particular the provision of financial contributions for the implementation of measures) would be difficult and complicated, with the risk of inefficient use of public funds. The standardization of management activities also makes it possible to develop data support tools, which further facilitates the planning and signing agreements and their documentation in particular.

Impacts

Public contracts with landowners and land users have become a commonly used form for agreement on practical measures in Specially Protected Areas, as well as providing a payment for their implementation. Unfortunately, multi-annual agreements have been less common so far, although they save time and effort on administrative steps for both the NCA CR and the land manager.

 

At present, the NCA CR concludes and signs over 1,100 agreements per year and around one hundred agreements are signed as long-term (up to ten years).

 

Management agreements arise from the mutual communication of the owner (user) of the land and the State Nature Conservancy authority. By discussing them, and subsequently signing them, a long-lasting commitment has been fulfilled which is repeated in a number of strategic documents on nature conservation and landscape protection, namely to implement nature conservation and landscape protection with the participation of landowners and land managers. Nature conservation is becoming clearer, more understandable, and predictable for partners. The comprehensive and long-term agreements on management measures in Specially Protected Areas have proved successful and therefore, it is necessary to develop this instrument further.

Contribuido por

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Tomas Ruzicka Nature Conservation Agency of the Czech Republic

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Nature Conservation Agency of the Czech Republic
Nature Conservation Agency of the Czech Republic
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